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More Than $93 Million Raised in Question 7 Campaign

November 30th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

Campaign finance reports show more than $93 million was raised in the campaign to expand gambling in Maryland, a record amount. The Washington Post reported this week that campaign finance records show a handful of Washington's biggest media buying firms and Maryland political consultants benefited handsomely from the fight over Question 7, the ballot question to allow table games like blackjack and a casino in Prince George's County. The reports show about $90.5 million was spent. Nearly $3 million went unspent. MGM Resorts, which plans to build a casino at National Harbor, contributed about $40 million of the $46 million its committee raised for advertising in favor of the question, which passed. Penn National Gaming reported spending about $42 million of the $44 million Penn contributed in opposition. Governor Martin O’Malley says the large investment from out of state gaming interests only shows how much those states stand to lose and Maryland stands to gain by adding casinos…

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