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Pro-casino group raises $1 million in July for Arkansas proposal

Posted: 5:29 PM, Aug 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-15 22:29:01Z
Pro-casino group raises $1 million in July for Arkansas proposal

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- An organization working to legalize casinos in Arkansas says it raised more than $1 million last month from two American Indian tribes in neighboring Oklahoma.

Driving Arkansas Forward reported Wednesday that it spent nearly $1.5 million in July and ended the month with $61,086. The group is campaigning for a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand casino gambling at a Hot Springs horse track and a West Memphis dog track. The proposal would also legalize casinos in Pope and Jefferson counties.

Downstream Development Authority of the Quapaw Tribe donated $489,000 to the campaign in July and Cherokee Nation Businesses donated $525,300.

The campaign last month was given until August 24 to submit additional signatures to qualify for the ballot after falling short of the nearly 85,000 from registered voters needed.

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