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Visit Florida Spent Money on Questionable Contracts

Visit Florida Spent Money on Questionable Contracts
Posted at 11:25 AM, Jan 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-30 06:28:55-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's embattled tourism agency handed out multi-million contracts to a federal partnership run by a former agency executive and for a cooking show with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.

The Naples Daily News reported Saturday that Visit Florida offered few details about what the state received in return for the $9.1 million paid to the Brand USA federal partnership led by Christopher L. Thompson.

Thompson once ran Visit Florida and hired the agency executive who later gave Thompson's Brand USA contracts for international advertising.

Visit Florida, which is in charge of spending money to lure tourists to the state, is already under fire for the state's secret $1 million deal with rapper Pitbull.

Pitbull released the contract in the wake of a lawsuit filed by the Florida House.

Information from the Naples Daily News: http://www.naplesnews.com/

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