"Taxpayers have a right to hold those who spend their money accountable and that when asked, those responsible for that spending are transparent," House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, said in a prepared statement. Corcoran maintained that the lawsuit is not about Perez or his pay from the state. "This is about the audacity of government entities who are under the false impression that they are above the law or believe somehow that taxpayer money is a never-ending river of riches they get to play with," Corcoran said. Visit Florida has maintained it is prohibited by the contract with PDR from releasing terms of the deal. Visit Florida President & CEO Will Seccombe did not immediately reply to a request for comment Tuesday night. Leslie Jose Zigel, a Miami attorney with the firm Greenspoon Marder who represents PDR Production and Perez, had no comment Tuesday when asked about the lawsuit. Perez, also known as Mr. 305 for the Miami area code, promoted the state by having the agency's hashtag #LoveFL appear on video screens at concerts and on a music video "Sexy Beaches," which was filmed in Florida. The contract with Perez and other high-profile deals over the past two years have drawn questions about Visit Florida's spending. Visit Florida renewed for the current season a contract with London-based Fulham Football Club that costs the state agency $1.25 million. The soccer team is owned by Shahid "Shad" Khan, a Naples resident who also owns the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League and has politically backed Scott.
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