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Casinos don’t let storm stop spending on Question 7

Sandy’s impending arrival in Maryland did not stop a company desperately fighting to defeat Maryland’s expanded gambling law from dumping more than $6 million into its campaign account Monday, according to state campaign finance records.

Penn National Gaming Inc. has now put $35.5 million into its ballot issue committee, Get the Facts – Vote No on 7. The committee has spent $35.1 million of that on television advertising and other campaign-related materials and expenses.

On the other side, For Maryland Jobs and Schools Inc. reported Monday that it had spent a total of $34.4 million to support gambling expansion, which includes allowing a casino in Prince George’s County and legalizing table games such as poker at every state casino.

MGM Resorts International Inc. has contributed $29.5 million of that money. The Nevada-based company wants to build a resort casino at National Harbor.

Voters will decide whose money was better spent on Nov. 6.