House demands TV producer of Food Network show disclose details of $11.6M contracts with Visit Florida, others

POLITICO by Arek Sarkissian December 6, 2017 A Florida House committee looking into Visit Florida’s spending on tourism promotion is going to court to force a Tallahassee-based television producer to divulge financial details of nearly $12 million in taxpayer-funded payments
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Jacobs says Visit Orlando will reveal all contract details as soon as next month

Orlando Sentinel by Steven Lemongello November 7, 2017 Visit Orlando will close one of the biggest loopholes preventing it from full transparency by publicly posting all contracts starting as soon as next month, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said Tuesday. In an interview with
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House asks judge to force VISIT FLORIDA TV producer to provide documents

Tallahassee Democrat by Arek Sarkissian November 7, 2017 A House committee will ask a Leon County judge to enforce a subpoena handed to a TV producer who received $11.6 million in taxpayer dollars to produce a celebrity cooking show for VISIT FLORIDA.
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Producer sues to keep Emeril cooking show records from Corcoran

Orlando Sentinel via Associated Press November 3, 2017 A television show hosted by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse is at the center of a brewing court battle pitting the Florida House against the producer of the cooking show. The Republican-controlled House wants years
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House wants to clamp down on ‘trade secrets’

Florida Politics by Danny McAuliffe October 26, 2017 House Speaker Richard Corcoran has opened the next front in his personal war for transparency, moving legislation that would bar companies seeking to do business with the state from hiding information behind claims of
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No-bid $900K Visit Florida contract gets quiet approval

POLITICO by Matt Dixon October 17, 2017 Less than three months after a legislative session dominated by a fight over adding transparency to spending by Visit Florida, a no-bid $900,000 contract administered by that organization was quietly approved with no
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Fraud concerns prompt House subpoena of Visit Florida show finances

Naples Daily News by Arek Sarkissian October 12, 2017 A state House panel unanimously agreed Thursday to subpoena financial records from a TV production firm hired by Visit Florida, citing concerns about possible fraud in the use of up to
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House will subpoena records of TV executive’s Visit Florida deals

Bipartisan probe targets C. Patrick (Pat) Roberts’ TV production firm. Tampa Bay Times by Steve Bousquet October 12, 2017 A state House committee took the extraordinary step Thursday of using its subpoena power to compel records from a long-time Florida
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Corcoran unhappy with Visit Orlando response, will seek more info

Orlando Sentinel by Gray Rohrer October 11, 2017 House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s quest for transparency at Visit Orlando and other local tourism marketing groups throughout the state will continue, despite a letter from Visit Orlando on Tuesday disclosing details about
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First Amendment Foundation backing Richard Corcoran on transparency

Saint Petersblog by Jim Rosica August 29, 2017 The Tallahassee-based First Amendment Foundation, the state’s public records and open meetings watchdog, says it is supporting House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s “efforts on (tourism money) transparency and accountability.” In a letter to Corcoran sent Tuesday by
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