Maine casino initiative campaigns begin to form
By Bailey Ludlam
AUGUSTA, Maine: Nationwide the primaries are coming to a close. In Maine, campaigns are beginning to heat up. Question 1, also known as the Oxford Casino Initiative, will appear on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot. As one can assume, the measure calls for a casino in Oxford, Maine.
This week, opponents launched www.baddealformaine.com, their campaign website against the proposed measure. According to reports, the group is funded primarily by Penn National Gaming, owners of Bangor's Hollywood Slots, the state's only casino. According to September 2010 state campaign finance reports, opponent PACs (Citizens Against the Oxford Casino and Casinos No!) have spent an estimated $62,000 on their campaign. Supporters, on the other hand, have spent more than $515,000.
The ballot title reads:
"Do you want to allow a casino with table games and slot machines at a single site in Oxford County, subject to local approval, with part of the profits going to specific state, local and tribal programs?"