Disney Tells Its Lobbyists to Step Up Fight Against DeSantis and His Allies in Florida
The Walt Disney Company has instructed its lobbyists to intensify their efforts in fighting against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his allies. The move comes after DeSantis signed a controversial bill that would make it harder for companies to participate in mail-in voting and restricts the use of drop boxes.
Disney, which operates several theme parks in Florida, has been a vocal opponent of the bill, arguing that it would make it harder for its employees and guests to vote. The company has also been critical of DeSantis’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly his decision to lift all restrictions on businesses and public gatherings.
In a statement, Disney said that it was “deeply concerned” about the bill and that it would “continue to work with our elected officials to ensure that every eligible voter has the opportunity to cast their ballot safely and securely.”
The company has also been working behind the scenes to oppose DeSantis’ efforts to ban vaccine passports, which would require proof of vaccination for certain activities. Disney has been requiring its employees to get vaccinated and has been encouraging its guests to do the same.
The fight between Disney and DeSantis is just the latest example of the growing divide between corporations and Republican politicians over voting rights and other issues. Many companies, including Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, and Major League Baseball, have spoken out against Georgia’s new voting law, which has been criticized as being restrictive and discriminatory.
The battle over voting rights is likely to continue in the coming months, as more states consider similar bills and as the 2022 midterm elections approach. Disney and other companies will likely continue to play a prominent role in the debate, using their influence and resources to push for greater access to the ballot box and to oppose efforts to restrict voting rights.