Ad Watch: MGM funded commercial rips into

September 06, 2012|by Annie Linskey

A new commercial supporting gambling expansion began broadcasting Wednesday. It attacks the credibilty of the opposition by painting it as an "out-of-state" interest.

What the ad says: The ad opens with an image of Penn National Gaming's Charles Town casino in West Virginia, and notes that it is Marylanders cross the state line and lose million of dollars there each year. Next the ad pivots to Maryland, where supporters want to build a "world class" casino in Prince George's County on the banks of the Potomac.

The new Prince George's casino would increase the state's ta

The facts: The ad

Analysis: The ad fails to mention that the owner of the Charles Town casino, Penn National, also owns a casino in Maryland. That

Text of the ad:
This casino is in West Virginia, but it makes millions off Marylanders every year.
Now they're running dishonest ads.
Because voting for question 7 is a vote to build a world-class resort casino in Maryland, creating thousands of jobs and, according to the Department of Legislative Services, hundreds of millions for our schools while saving taxpayer money by cutting casino subsidies.
Question 7, good jobs and better schools in Maryland, not West Virginia.

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