Dan Gilbert owns the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s also the guy who going to own the Cleveland and Cincinnati casinos once they are built.

And it’s looking pretty likely that he’s also the guy who’s been funding LetOhioVote.org. LetOhioVote.org has been so far hiding the source of the millions of dollars it used to collect signatures to get their anti-slots proposal on the ballot.

Up until last week it was in Dan Gilbert’s best interest to keep slot machines out of Ohio race tracks because they would compete with his soon-to-be-built casinos.

But last week “the Ohio State Racing Commission approved the sale of Thistledown (racetrack) to Harrah’s Entertainment.” And Harrah’s, as part of their deal to operate Gilbert’s casinos, has agree to allow Dan Gilbert’s company to own part of the race track.

So now that it’s in Dan’s interest to have slots at race tracks what has LetOhioVote.org decided to do?

You guessed it – they just requested that their referendum be removed from the ballot.

 
  • modernesquire

    I was writing a post on this, too! Lol.

    Well, it's stunning to see after an Ohio Supreme Court legal victory that upset the State budget, getting the signatures, and now only four months away LetOhioVote.org turned into NevermindOhio.org.

  • modernesquire

    Here's a link to the Toledo Blade editorial about SoS Brunner's probe into LetOhioVote.org's mysterious funding.
    http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStock

  • mvirenicus

    screw gilbert, but talking about state referendums, someone recently told me that a statewide issue might be on the ballot to get rid of municipal “traffic control” cameras. is this true? if not, it needs to be. i could get excited about an issue like that. 🙂

  • modernesquire

    I'm not aware of any group circulating such a petition and the deadline is Wednesday for the November election.

  • mvirenicus

    Darn.

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