Republican Richard Corcoran of the Florida House Of Representatives filed a lawsuit this past Tuesday in an attempt to have details disclosed for the contract that Visit Florida — Florida’s tourism marketing agency — had with pop-rap sensation Pitbull for the song “Sexy Beaches.” It isn’t news that the song is a tourism ad, because the video is nothing but a commercial for Florida beaches, but Pitbull revealed that he received $1 million for the song and video. Mr. Worldwide also took Corcoran’s subpoena outside of the courts and Tweeted a link to the entire 11-page contract along with the message: *FULL DISCLOSURE – FLORIDA*
— Pitbull (@pitbull) December 15, 2016
Visit Florida had refused to disclose the details of the contract for months, saying it was a “trade secret,” but Pitbull has just blown this thing wide open for everyone to see. Corcoran released the following statement regarding Pitbull’s tweet:
It is unfortunate that it took litigation to lift the veil of secrecy on this particular contract. This was a long unnecessary journey through claims of trade secrets, threats of prosecution, and corporate welfare paid for by taxpayers.
Pitbull’s team has said the tweet will be their final comment on the matter. There doesn’t seem to be anything illegal in the contract, but Florida taxpayers can’t be happy that “Sexy Beaches” cost them $1 million. I mean damn, Flo Rida probably would have done it for way cheaper and he practically owes the state for using its name (and representing it wackly).