With just three weeks to go until Election Day, special interest groups are spending millions of dollars on ballot issues in Maryland.
Most of the $53 million spent is over Question 7, which will ask whether or not to build a casino in Prince George’s County.
Groups for and against Question 7 have spent more than $47 million, an amount which is on pace to exceed candidate spending in the past two governor’s races combined.
Several groups have paid for ads supporting Question 7, including a group led by Caesars Entertainment, as well as Peterson Cos., the developers of National Harbor.
Only one group – Penn National Gaming – has spent money opposing Question 7, dumping $25 million into ads.
There’s also lots of money being poured into the fight over Question 6, which would uphold a state law allowing same-sex marriage.
Groups supporting same-sex marriage have spent around $3.3 million, while groups opposed to the law have raised close to $840,000.
Supporters of Maryland’s Dream Act have also been raising money for the issue, bringing in around $1.5 million.
Question 4, would allow undocumented immigrants to pay reduced, in-state tuition rates at public colleges as long as they met certain conditions under the state's proposed DREAM Act.