September 19th, 2012 by WCBC Radio
With seven weeks to go before the Nov. 6 election, special interests with a stake in the gambling referendum have raised more than the amount spent by candidates in Maryland's last governor's race. The Baltimore Sun reports that with the addition of $3 million by MGM Resorts International, reported in a filing Tuesday with the state elections board, companies seeking to promote or scuttle a casino in Prince George's County have amassed $19.4 million. Of that, the opposing sides have spent $16.8 million, nearly equaling the $17 million spent in the 2010 contest between Gov. Martin O'Malley and Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., and it seems likely that spending could surpass $20 million within weeks.