September 16, 2010

TV Ad Reveals True Source of Funding of Anti-Slots Campaign

(SEVERNA PARK, MD) – Jobs & Revenue For Anne Arundel County, a coalition of teachers, police, fire fighters, chambers of commerce, State, County and Municipal workers, community leaders and Anne Arundel Slots Licensee PPE Casino Resorts, aired a new TV ad today exposing out-of-state gaming interests as the backers of opposition to slots at Arundel Mills.

Watch the new TV ad:

"The opposition to slots in Anne Arundel County is being funded by the out-of-state owner of the Charles Town, W.Va., casino, who is spending millions to protect its profits in West Virginia," said Todd Lamb, Jobs & Revenue For Anne Arundel County campaign manager.  "Their massive misinformation campaign is intended to scare and confuse voters.  We are working hard to set the facts straight and make sure Anne Arundel County residents understand a vote for Question A is a vote for 4,000 new jobs and $400 million in tax revenue that our County needs.”

The ad, titled “Profit Protection,” counteracts the false information that the anti-slots campaign has been disseminating about the planned Arundel Mills Gaming & Entertainment project.  The ad also highlights the deceitful tactics the campaign has employed which the Baltimore Sun called playing “fast and loose with the truth.”

“Back in July, this multi-national corporation began pumping millions of ad dollars into our County to mislead voters into thinking a vote against Question A would result in slots being located at Laurel Race Track,” said Lamb.  “The fact remains that Laurel’s owners failed to play by the rules in the State bidding process, Laurel is not in the running, and Question A will determine If, not Where slots will happen in Anne Arundel County..”

The TV ad supplements the coalition’s door-to-door efforts to educate voters about the thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenue that will be generated by the planned Arundel Mills Gaming & Entertainment project, as well as clarify that the world-class gaming and entertainment facility approved by the State for Arundel Mills will be located in a separate, free-standing, secured building and not inside the mall.

“Charles Town Slots' owners must feel the money they are spending is merely a pittance compared to the profits they make from Maryland residents at their West Virginia casino,” said Lamb.  "It's important that the people of Anne Arundel understand the motivation behind the massive misinformation campaign from slots opponents and take the time to learn the facts." 

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