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They're off to the races and the stakes are higher than ever as resorts and casinos contribute millions to fight or support a ballot question that would expand gambling in Maryland. The casino fight is on pace to match or top the historic 2006 gubernatorial race.
Maryland's top lobbyists cashed in on the General Assembly's casino debate this year, as the state's nine highest-earning lobbyists all worked for companies with interests in a statewide gambling expansion.
Owners of Rosecroft Raceway say slots or other casino-style gambling are essential to their plan for the horseracing track to survive.