The developer of National Harbor may have given supporters of same-sex marriage and in-state tuition for illegal immigrants an incentive to vote against expanded gambling by financing a Republican group's sample ballot opposing their causes.
State election records show that Peterson Cos., which wants to win approval of Question 7 to clear the way to locate a casino at National Harbor, gave $271,515 to a group called Republican Leaders Referendum Guide. The Maryland Juice web site reported that the money was used to produce a sample ballot opposing three ballot questions but supporting gambling expansion.
The three ballot questions it opposes are the same-sex marriage law, the
Angela Sweeney, a spokeswoman for Peterson. said the company is not taking a position on any of the ballot questions other than 7. She noted tht FOR Maryland Jobs and Schools, a ballot committee to which Peterson has contributed, has helped finance Forward Maryland, which is advocating for for passage of all seven questions on the Maryland ballot.