Pro-slots group begins effort in Anne Arundel
Proponents of a slots casino at Arundel Mills mall have launched a ballot issue committee to bolster support for a November referendum on local zoning legislation needed for the facility to move forward.
The group, backed by the casino's Baltimore-based developer, Cordish Cos., is billing itself as Jobs and Revenue for Anne Arundel County.
A snazzy new Web site features a national-debt-style ticker purporting to show revenue lost by delays in building the casino, which would be the largest of five authorized by Maryland voters in 2008.
Besides Cordish, the group says its members include "citizens, parents, community organizations, teachers, police and fire unions, local small business owners, Chambers of Commerce, ... horse industry leaders and taxpayer advocates."
The campaign is being run by Todd Lamb, a lobbyist and education consultant who saw his influence in Annapolis grow during the administration of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).
Both sides are expected to spend heavily to influence Anne Arundel County voters on the ballot measure. At issue is zoning legislation passed by the County Council in December that would allow construction of the 4,750-machine casino to move forward.
An opposing group, No Slots at the Mall, already has television ads in heavy rotation. It is planning to open its campaign headquarters in Hanover on Saturday.
August 27, 2010; 9:15 AM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections , John Wagner , Slots
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