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Gambling lobbyists top Md. list for spending

ANNAPOLIS — Gambling interests are high up on a list for spending on lobbyists in Maryland this year.

The State Ethics Commission has released a list of employers who spent $50,000 or more between May and Oct. 31.

Buildings Trades for National Harbor Inc., spent about $2.7 million. That’s the most on the list. The group lobbied on legislation to allow a casino in Prince George’s County.

PPE Casino Resorts Maryland, LLC, which was supported by The Cordish Cos., spent about $482,400 on lobbying during the period.

Other gambling interests also are prominent on the list, including CBAC Gaming, LLC., and MGM Resorts International Operations Inc.

Voters approved allowing table games like blackjack and the Prince George’s casino site in November, after lawmakers passed legislation in an August special session.

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  1. Gambling is as old as prostitution, why not use it to stimulate the economy, create jobs, and birth some new life into a city. Most people don’t go into a casino to make millions and retire, its an activity to enjoy with friends. A rush that is no more harmful than OTB, and the food is better.