The Walt Disney Company has recently resumed its political contributions in Florida after a two-year pause. This revival includes notable donations to various state lawmakers, including some who supported the controversial “Don’t Say Gay” law. Originally ceasing political contributions in March 2022 due to the opposition of then-CEO Bob Chapek to the law—which prohibits instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity in schools—Disney has now cautiously re-entered the political giving scene.

The company’s decision to halt contributions followed criticism and a lawsuit from Governor Ron DeSantis, who responded to Disney’s opposition by seizing control of the district that governs Walt Disney World. Since a settlement was reached earlier this year, relations between Disney and Florida’s political landscape seem to be evolving, with DeSantis even hinting at the possibility of a new Disney theme park in Florida.

By the end of May, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts had donated over $87,000 in in-kind contributions to political committees, primarily those linked to individual lawmakers. This figure represents various forms of support such as event space and services rather than direct financial contributions. The largest single donation, valued at nearly $28,500, went to the committee backing state Rep. Dan Daley, D-Coral Springs. Additionally, Disney provided significant in-kind contributions to groups affiliated with other lawmakers, including contributions to state Sen. Jason Brodeur and state Sen. Joe Gruters, both of whom supported the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Prominent among these recipients were the groups People Above Politics and Florida Farmers and Ranchers United, tied to state Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera and state Rep. Josie Tomkow, respectively. Disney’s cautious approach continues, with state Sen. Geraldine Thompson indicating that while in-kind contributions are being made, the company has not resumed cutting checks.

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