Lobbyists have placed their biggest wagers on the State House’s very own pit bosses - Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo - who each got roughly $5,000 in 2009 from about two dozen lobbyists representing casinos.Is it any wonder these two politicians have pushed so hard for slots?
Their political action committees cashed in even bigger, with DeLeo’s Committee for a Democratic House and Murray’s Committee for a Democratic Senate raking in nearly $10,000 each from pro-gambling lobbyists and a handful of proponents of racinos.
What does it all amount to? In 2009, industry lobbyists spent $2.2 million in Massachusetts to push for slots.
Still, there's no comprehensive study of all the cons and benefits on the casino issue. Should anyone be surprised?