Big Bucks for Ballot Issues in Maryland

Millions are rolling in as groups fight for hot button issues in the Old Line State.

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    COCONUT CREEK, FL - DECEMBER 17: A dealer works the blackjack table during the grand opening of the newest building at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on December 17, 2010 in Coconut Creek, Florida. The site offers up an additional 400-plus gaming positions, a new restaurant and a new venue with more space to gamble, dine and party. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    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.