As spending on Maryland's gambling expansion nears the $50 million mark, The Sun is introducing a new feature to its Maryland Politics page: the Casino Spend-o-Meter.
The interactive graphic will allow devotees of Maryland political excess to track at a glance the amount of money being shoveled out the door by the ballot committees on either side of Question 7, which would allow a new
The referendum pits two casino-backed groups against each other: FOR Maryland Jobs and Schools vs. Get the Facts: Vote No on 7.
The "for" side is financed mostly by
The Spend-o-Meter tracks money the ballot committees have actually paid out, based on required reports to the State Board of Elections. The committees also report money as it comes in, and that could be the subject of news items posted in this space. But for comparison purposes, The Sun is going with actual money spent.