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Airbnb opens Florida political committee with $1 million

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Airbnb, the online marketplace that allows people to find and rent vacation homes, has formed a political committee in Florida, state campaign finance records show. “People versus the Powerful” was formed April 6 for the purpose of  “supporting or opposing statewide, legislative, multi-county and local candidates,” according to its statement of organization. Its chairman is Tomas Martinelli of Miami, Airbnb’s Florida director of public policy and a former Florida Department of Transportation official. For the committee’s first month of existence, the San Francisco-based company…

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Personnel note: Tomas Martinelli headed to Airbnb

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Tomas Martinelli is leaving his post at the Florida Department of Transportation and joining the team at Airbnb. Martinelli announced his move in an email Sunday. “As you may know, the people-powered platform and the culture that steers Airbnb makes this opportunity/project an exciting one,” he said. “Although, it wasn’t easy leaving the best agency in the state, I do so with enormous gratitude and appreciation for the professionals (and unsung heroes) that deliver quality service day in and day out.…

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