High Stakes: Gambling Ballot Measures, 2006
Publication Date: September 2007
Publisher(s): National Institute on Money in State Politics (U.S.)
Author(s): Scott Jordan
Coverage: Rhode Island Ohio Nebraska Nebraska
The 2006 elections saw voters in five states vote on six ballot measures involving gambling issues. Four of the measures sought to expand gambling in some form, while a measure in South Dakota sought to eliminate gambling in the state. Of the six ballot measures, only Arkansas' Referred Amendment passed.
Committees supporting and opposing the measures raised nearly $54 million. Gambling-related enterprises with a direct stake in the passage or failure of the measures provided 89 percent, or $48 million of all contributions related to the measures.
Rhode Island saw a turf war between gaming interests: gambling companies provided 98 percent of contributions to committees on both sides of the measures. Anti-gaming committees in the other four states received no contributions from gaming interests.