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Anti-Casino Group Raises $350,000 for Cause

10 December 2002

CONNECTICUT – As reported by Connecticut Now: "Arming for a fight over future casinos in Connecticut, a group pushing repeal of the state's Las Vegas Nights law says it has raised $350,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to oppose `millionaire casino entrepreneurs.'

"…`Our target is Donald Trump,' said Jeff Benedict, president of the Connecticut Alliance Against Casino Expansion. Trump, shopping mall magnate Thomas Wilmot and Fairfield golf course developer David Rosow are among `the guys pumping millions of dollars into a federal recognition process that is corrupted,' Benedict said.

"…For the past few months, Benedict and anti-casino activists have been busy raising their own war chest of $100,000 in cash and $250,000 in in-kind contributions, they said. The leading contributor to the group is a Fairfield County business group, SACIA, the Southwest Area Commerce and Industry Association, which donated $50,000.

"… If the casino-night law is repealed, legal experts say, the matter is certain to end up in court, because Indians enjoy substantial protection under federal law and the state already allows casino gambling. Benedict and supporters say they want to prevent new Indian casinos, not close the two now operating…"

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