Slot Machine Group Spends Another $78K+ On Petition Effort

In January the group Arcade Arkansas spent $78,408.58 on its petition drive to bring casino-style gambling machines to Arkansas, according to reports filed this week with the state Ethics Commission.

Over $70,000 of the group’s funds went to Spur Line Strategies for “Signature/Political Consulting,” the report indicated.

Arcade Arkansas is putting serious money into its effort to amend the state constitution to bring casino-style gambling machines to Arkansas.

The group has spent nearly $359,000 on the effort since last summer.

If they are successful, the amendment will 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.

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Arkansans Bet Over $700,000 on Super Bowl

Last week we wrote that Arkansas’ new casinos now offer sports betting.

On Tuesday KUAR reported that Arkansans wagered more than $705,000 on the Super Bowl alone this year.

As we’ve said before, sports betting poses a real threat to sports leagues — especially at colleges and universities.

It threatens to undermine the integrity of athletic programs.

All told, Arkansans have wagered approximately $11.5 million on sporting events since last summer, according to KUAR.

In other words, casino gambling and sports betting are pulling millions of dollars out of Arkansas’ economy.

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