Ohio Casino Campaign Spending Tops $31 Million

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A pro-casino group in Ohio reports it has spent nearly $32 million promoting a fall ballot issue that would authorize casinos in the state's four largest cities.

A state campaign finance filing shows the Ohio Jobs & Growth Committee spent $31.7 million.

Nearly all the cash came from arms of its two main backers, Penn National Gaming Inc. and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.

The ballot issue asks voters to approve casino construction in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo, agree to a 33-percent tax on the facilities for state and local programs and create a state committee to oversee a type of gambling that is thus far illegal in the state.

Spending by its rival, the anti-casino Truthpac, was not yet posted Thursday afternoon.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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