• Michigan casino ballot proposal group rakes in about 10 times more money than opponents

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    LANSING, MI — The group behind a ballot proposal to add eight casinos in Michigan has raised nearly $2.8 million since the first of the year.

    Citizens for More Michigan Jobs has spent more than $2.7 million since Jan. 1, and has about $44,700 left in its coffers, according to campaign finance reports filed today.

    The opposition group, Protect MI Vote, raised $276,175 since Jan. 1, and will have just over $61,000 left after counting outstanding invoices and a positive balance from before 2012.

    The proposal calls for casinos in downtown Detroit, downtown Grand Rapids, Romulus, Pontiac, DeWitt Township north of Lansing, Birch Run, Clam Lake Township near Cadillac and Clinton Township near Mount Clemens. It also would raise the casino tax rate.

    The money for the ballot proposal came from the casinos’ investors, which are listed in detail below. All but $250,000 came from Jobs First LLC, a company set up last December comprised of business leaders who are backing the proposal.

    Triple Investment Group LLC donated $100,000. The company owns the Pontiac Silverdome, which is the site of one of the proposed casinos. Detroit Casino Properties LLC also contributed $100,000 and is representing the investors of the Detroit casino. Black and Red Entertainment LLC, representing investors in the Lansing-area casino, gave $50,000.

    Citizens for More Michigan Jobs spent more than $1.9 million to pay National Petition Management in Brighton for petition signature gathering. Jobs First Manager LLC was paid $270,000 for project management, while the rest of the money went toward public relations, legal fees, consulting, research, rent and other expenses.

    The opposition group’s donations came from MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown Casino Hotel, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Four Winds Casino Resort, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort and FireKeepers Casino.

    The group spent its money on radio ads, billboards, an opinion survey, media consulting and other expenses.

    Check out the list of investors on MLive

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