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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  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2009 at 09:26 PM
    the Casino's will bring ppl jobs, yes it will hurt some families but it will bring more good to the jobless. it will help the unemployment go from one of the highest recorded in Ohio back down to its normal. Ohio is losing jobs due to lay offs and businesses shutting down. all the tax's that will come from having these casino's in Ohio will help Ohio also so the ppl losing there money left and right is helping out Ohio. we r giving all the states around us all of r tax money. so if u don't like it move out of Ohio. or move some where in Ohio that won't have them.
  • by Thinker Location: Ohio on Oct 26, 2009 at 08:25 PM
    This is lame leadership. Casinos are a dirty bandaid on a deep wound. Ohio suffers from bloated bureaucracies, taxes and regulations. Even GM got out! We will pay high social prices for making gambling sexy and local to Ohioans. I watched a good man lose family, home, job and a decent life to WV gambling spots. It is a cheap and sleazy way to prop up a State economy. Another nail in Ted's 2010 box.
  • by Lucas Location: parkersburg on Oct 26, 2009 at 05:23 PM
    Gambling brings no good to the communities they occupy. Jobs are not justified by the sorrow and pain brought upon families by gamblers. And to all those about to scream free will. Shame to you and those who promote the casinos, because only a select few will profit from them and the state and communities are not one of the few.
  • by gambler Location: Marietta on Oct 23, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    I think southeast Ohio needs to file discrimination charges since they will or might have a casino in n-east,n-west,s-west and central Ohio but not southeast Ohio.
  • by Gambler Location: Marietta on Oct 23, 2009 at 12:52 PM
    Steve, Do you have a hobby? If you can't afford it don't do it? But don't call everyone that gambles an idiot.
  • by steve Location: parkersburg on Oct 23, 2009 at 07:35 AM
    Its not the casino that takes the money its the idiot that goes there and gives it away.. and as for the so called welfare cities you speak of.. if most of the people that milk the system would get a job in the casino then it would put money in to the pocket of the person not the casino
  • by ViennaGuy Location: Vienna on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    Why is it that more gambling is the 'magic bullet' for everything? Don't we have enough gambling already?
  • by Drew Location: ohio on Oct 22, 2009 at 04:53 PM
    Let's put casinos in the welfare cities. There are studies that prove casino's take money from the towns their in. The reason the police want it, is there will be more of them, that is where all the money will go. We need better people in gov.
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