FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2018
Contact: Mike Thomas
One of the world’s largest casino operators, MGM Resorts International, does not want the people of Florida to control gambling decisions in the Sunshine State.
Financial disclosures made public today show that MGM donated $500,000 to a political action committee formed by gambling interests to oppose Amendment 3 — the Voters in Charge initiative. If Amendment 3 passes, voters would have the final say on casino expansion, a right they enjoyed for decades before the politicians in Tallahassee took this power for themselves.
After the politicians took over gambling decisions, MGM lobbied them to put Las Vegas-style casinos in Florida.
“Out-of-state special interests want voters out of the picture,” said Voters in Charge President John Sowinski. “The thing with voters is you can’t ply them with campaign contributions and lobbyists. MGM would rather have casino gambling decisions made behind closed doors in Tallahassee, rather than allowing Florida voters to decide.”
MGM owns several properties on the Las Vegas strip, and most recently made headlines by suing victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting, a strategy to limit its liability for the incident. A columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal called MGM’s lawsuit “the biggest black eye in Vegas history.”
Amendment 3 was placed on the ballot by over a million Floridians who signed petitions to put it there. It does one thing – gives voters, not politicians and lobbyists, control of casino gambling authorization in Florida.
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