Orlando, Fla.– The Voters In Charge Committee, sponsors of the Voter Control of Gambling amendment, which will appear on the November ballot as Amendment 3, announced that the campaign continues to gain momentum in critical areas of the effort, including fundraising, grassroots and social media.
The group announced it raised $10 million in April, bringing total contributions since fundraising began in October of 2015 to over $16 million. The Voters In Charge Committee reports it now has $10.1 million cash on hand as it begins raising funds to buy advertising for the final advocacy phase of the campaign.
“We have the support of over 1.1 million Florida voters who signed petitions, strong voter support, a growing regiment of grassroots leaders across Florida, committed donors and an experienced team in place,” said John Sowinski, Chairman of Voters In Charge. “Where we are today is just the tip of the iceberg in terms what our campaign will look like as Election Day approaches.”
In addition to robust fundraising, Voters in Charge also announced it is making strong progress in other key campaign activities, including a social media presence of over 23,000 Likes on Facebook, and an organized grassroots effort with teams of volunteers and paid professionals actively working in every region of the state.
Sowinski says that Amendment 3 offers the people of Florida a clear choice:
“Do you trust Tallahassee politicians and casino lobbyists to make critical and irrevocable decisions about casino gambling, or do you think such decisions should be in the hands of Florida voters, as has been the tradition in our state for almost a century?”
A poll released in February showed 76 percent of likely voters supported voter approval to authorize casino gambling in the state when initially asked about the amendment. That number increased to 84 percent when respondents were presented with balanced arguments for and against the amendment.
An amendment requires 60 percent voter approval to pass.
“These very positive poll results came before we spent a dime on public outreach,” Sowinski said. “Obviously we are confident, but we are not complacent. We are approaching the upcoming campaign with the urgency and aggressiveness of a 20-point underdog.”
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