Gulfstream Park on Wednesday filed a motion with the Florida Supreme Court asking that it be allowed to join the lawsuit between House Speaker Marco Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist over the 25-year compact that Crist negotiated with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Rubio has argued that Crist has overstepped his authority by letting the Seminoles have types of gambling not now authorized by Florida law.
Gulfstream argues the compact will hurt the Broward County parimutuel and threatens tax money it now turns over to the state: "This economic impact, these jobs and the consequential tax revenues are all jeopardized by the Governor's actions in executing this compact," states the motion.
Gulfstream has handed out more than $140,000 in campaign contributions this year, more of half went to the Republican Party of Florida, although they have contributed this year to the campaigns of Rep. David Rivera and Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, two of Rubio's allies. They also gave $25,000 to a CCE run by Sen. Mike Haridopolos.