Report Shows Gambling Group Had Little Activity in April

The group Arcade Arkansas has spent more than half a million dollars on an effort to legalize thousands of casino-style gambling machines across Arkansas.

The group’s proposed constitutional amendment would allow some 15,000 gambling machines statewide under the Arkansas Lottery, and it could create miniature casinos all over the state — with little or no oversight to prevent fraud or corruption.

The group has put serious money into its effort. But Arcade Arkansas recently filed reports with the Arkansas Ethics Commission showing it conducted virtually no activity last month.

This tracks with reports in March that the group was temporarily suspending its campaign efforts amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

In February, Arkansas Lottery Director Bishop Woosley announced that he opposes the effort to legalize casino-style gambling under the auspices of state lottery.

Arcade Arkansas has until July 3 to gather nearly 90,000 valid petition signatures in order to place their proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

Slot Machine Group Spends $77K on Petition Drive

In February the group Arcade Arkansas spent more than $77,000 on its effort to put a gambling-machine amendment on the ballot this November, according to documents filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission earlier this month.

The group’s proposal would legalize some 15,000 gambling machines statewide under the Arkansas Lottery and could create miniature casinos all over the state — with little or no oversight to prevent fraud or corruption.

In February the State Lottery Director came out against the proposal.

While the group has put serious money into its effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution, Arcade Arkansas reportedly has suspended its petition drive amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Meanwhile, the group Protect Arkansas Communities received approximately $400,000 in February from the corporations that own the casinos at Oaklawn, Southland, and Saracen.

Protect Arkansas Communities is opposing Arcade Arkansas’ gambling amendment.

Casino gambling is linked to homelessness, domestic violence, divorce, and bankruptcy.

Arkansas’ counties with casinos also have high poverty rates.

To put it plainly, gambling is a blight on the community.

Arkansas already has enough problems from casino gambling. We don’t need any more.

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Arkansas Casinos Offer Gambling on College Basketball, Professional Sports

Southland casino in West Memphis is offering sports betting ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Journalist Mike Wickline reports,

The casino’s retail sportsbook began accepting wagers on Sunday’s big game, NBA games, college basketball, NASCAR racing, PGA tournaments and more, Southland marketing manager Natalie Carlson said.

Sports betting is also offered at the Saracen casino annex in Pine Bluff — which is operated by the Quapaw Tribe out of Oklahoma — and at Oaklawn’s casino in Hot Springs.

Sports betting poses a real threat to sports leagues — especially at colleges and universities. It threatens to undermine the integrity of school athletic programs.

In 2017, Arkansans reported nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in gambling losses on their income taxes, according to the Department of Finance and Administration.

Simply put: Casino gambling and the state lottery are sapping hundreds of millions of dollars out of Arkansas’ economy every year.