The developer of National Harbor may have given supporters of same-sex marriage and in-state tuition for illegal immigrants an incentive to vote against expanded gambling by financing a Republican group's sample ballot opposing their causes.
State election records show that Peterson Cos., which wants to win approval of Question 7 to clear the way to locate a casino at National Harbor, gave $271,515 to a group called Republican Leaders Referendum Guide. The Maryland Juice web site reported that the money was used to produce a sample ballot opposing three ballot questions but supporting gambling expansion.
The three ballot questions it opposes are the same-sex marriage law, the Dream Act for immigrants and Gov. Martin O'Malley's congressional redistricting map. The map bears the pictures for former Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and former state GOP Chairwoman Audrey Scott, two well-known Republicans who have endorsed Question 7.