Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Mass Pols "Cash in with Casino Bill"

As the saying goes, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. From today's Herald:
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.

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.
Is it any wonder these two politicians have pushed so hard for slots?

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?

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