During the first half of 2013, companies spent just $1.1 million on political lobbying at the state level in Massachusetts, according to an Associated Press review of records filed with the state secretary’s office. One firm — MGM Resorts International — spent almost that much in just six weeks in an effort focused on convincing Springfield voters to back a casino there.
The state-level spending is a big drop from the $1.7 million spent by casino firms during the first six months of 2011, at the height of the contentious push at the Statehouse to legalize the gambling facilities in Massachusetts. They spent a total of $3.1 million that year, when Gov. Deval Patrick signed the casino bill.
By 2012, the year after the law took effect, the total amount spent by casino interests on state-level lobbying had fallen to about $2.3 million "
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