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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Rapper Pitbull released his $1 million contract with Florida’s tourism marketing agency via Twitter on Thursday, two days after a lawmaker sued to find out details of the agreement that included production of a video for the song “Sexy Beaches.”
Pitbull tweeted “(asterisk) FULL DISCLOSURE – FLORIDA (asterisk)” with a link to the 11-page agreement to produce the “Sexy Beaches” video for Visit Florida and to promote the hashtag #LOVEFL on his social media sites and during concerts. Visit Florida was also responsible for expenses and production costs.
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to have details of the contract disclosed. Visit Florida refused to say how much it paid the rapper, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez, or details of the arrangement, saying it was a trade secret.
Corcoran found that unacceptable, saying taxpayers should know just how Visit Florida was spending its money.
“It is unfortunate that it took litigation to lift the veil of secrecy on this particular contract,” Corcoran said in a statement. “This was a long unnecessary journey through claims of trade secrets, threats of prosecution, and corporate welfare paid for by taxpayers.”