New York Casino Advocate Group Spends $4.2 Million on Campaign
In order to help push through the constitutional amendment allowing up to seven casinos to be built in New York, a group of gambling and union interests spent $4.2 million on campaigning in a one month period.New York Jobs Now, which is run from the Business Council of New York state offices in Albany, spent a massive $1.7 million on a television advertising campaign in the last couple of weeks before the November 5th vote.
Major donors to the New York Jobs Now included $750,000 from Genting New York and $270,000 from a harness track/casino in Yonkers. $100,000 was given by Caesars Entertainment and Bally Gaming gave $25,000. There was also a $270,000 donation from a hotel workers’ union and $250,000 from a New York City based teachers union.
As well as the television advertising, New York Jobs Now spent $595,000 on polling as well as considerable sums on mailings and radio advertising. It ended its casino expansion bid with $4,197 in the bank as of its final post-election filing with the state Board of Elections.
In the 27 day post-election report the group said it raised $2.1 million and spent $3.85 million. In its filling just 11 days before the election the group reported raising $2 million and spending just $361,000.