Airbnb spent at least $ 1,250,000 to prevent local regulation of rental properties in Florida

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  • Photo by Dave Plotkin
  • A seven bedroom house on E. Livingston Street, listed for $ 900,000 as “income property”

As state lawmakers prepare to embark on a debate over vacation rental properties, Airbnb, Inc. last month sent $ 250,000 to a Florida political committee, according to a recent financial report. deposit.

The contribution went to a political committee known as “Population against the powerful”. The committee had only received one other contribution, a 2017 $ 1 million infusion from Airbnb.

The People Against the Powerful also spent $ 60,508 in December, the highest amount, $ 10,000, going to the Jobs for Florida political committee, which is chaired by new Senate Speaker Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby. Other expenses included $ 5,000 to the Florida Republican Party; $ 5,000 to the Advancing Florida Agriculture Policy Committee, which is chaired by Senator Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula; and $ 5,000 to the Friends of Ray Rodrigues political committee, which is chaired by Representative Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero.

Lawmakers are expected in the next legislative session to consider controversial proposals (SB 1128 and HB 1011) to prevent local regulation of vacation rental properties. The Senate bill (SB 1128), introduced by Senator Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, is expected to be considered by the Senate Committee on Innovation, Industry and Technology on Monday. The 60-day legislative session begins Tuesday.

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