Florida Chamber rejected $25,000 membership check from Genting Group

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Kenric Ward of the Sunshine State News has a doozy:

In September, Jessica Hoppe, general counsel and vice president of government affairs for Genting’s Resorts World Miami, handed a $25,000 check to Allan Bense, then-chairman of the Florida Chamber’s board of directors, in a bid to join the organization.

“Genting offered a five-figure check to join the Chamber. That check was promptly returned,” with no membership granted, Ousley said.

Hoppe would not comment on that aborted exchange and declined to say whether Genting belonged to AIF, which does not disclose its membership rolls.

Through spokeswoman Valerie Wickboldt, Hoppe said:

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