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MGM Funds Pro-Casino Group in Springfield

MGM MeetingBOSTON (AP) — Campaign finance records show MGM Resorts International has spent nearly $1 million in hopes of convincing Springfield voters to support a casino referendum.

A July 16 vote is scheduled on a host community agreement calling for MGM to make more than $25 million in annual payments to Springfield if the $800 million casino is built in the city’s South End.

According to a campaign finance report filed by the pro-casino group Yes for Springfield, MGM donated $480,000 to the group in the six-week period from May 17 to June 28.

The company also made more than $500,000 worth of “in-kind” contributions to the group for services.

The group Citizens Against Casino Gaming has not yet filed its report, but its chairman, Michael Kogut, said the group has spent little and is focusing on grassroots organizing.

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