Gambling Interests Spent Millions in Lobbying in Md.

Thursday, Dec 27, 2012  |  Updated 11:31 PM EDT
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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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