Pitbull

House Speaker Richard Corcoran
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A fight over conservative principles in the Florida Capitol took an interesting turn this week, sweeping up the rapper Pitbull and even landing on the celebrity gossip site TMZ. The fight over economic development programs hints at the conflicts that could drive the upcoming session.

@pitbull / Twitter

Pitbull was paid a million dollars by the state tourism arm Visit Florida to be a so-called Brand Ambassador. The rapper released the contract via twitter Thursday after the state House filed a lawsuit.

@pitbull / Twitter

Florida lawmakers are hoping to shed light on a contract between the state’s tourism agency and the rapper Pitbull.  His production company claims compensation is a trade secret.

'Sexy Beaches' Get Rocky As Florida House Sues Over Pitbull Contract

Dec 13, 2016
@pitbull / Twitter

Florida lawmakers want a judge to force a production company to say how much Armando Christian Perez, better known as the rapper Pitbull, was paid by the state's tourism-marketing arm to be a musical ambassador.

Mr. Worldwide himself
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A Miami-area performer who bills himself as Mr. Worldwide is narrowing his focus somewhat.  Visit Florida will be working with Pitbull to promote tourism, but the partnership could be courting controversy.