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Gambling Expansion Ad Spending Passes $35.7 Million

October 11th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

Spending by committees for and against expanded gambling in Maryland has exceeded the total  amount spent in the 2006 governor's race. According to a filing with the State Board of Elections, a committee hoping to defeat Question 7 reports Penn National Gaming has donated $21.7-million, and $18-million of that has been spent. The pro-gaming expansion committee which is funded by MGM, Caesars and Peterson Companies reports it has spent $17.7 million. The $35.7-million combined total is more than and the $34-million both Martin O'Malley and Robert Ehrlich spent when O'Malley defeated the then incumbent governor. Penn National is fighting a proposal by MGM to develop a casino at the National Harbor in Prince George's County. Both sides are spending millions on television and radio ads. Governor O’Malley says neighboring state’s are pouring money into fighting expanding gaming for fear of losing out on millions of dollars in revenue generated each year by Marylander’s gambling out of state…

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