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Stereotype of the Month Entry
(9/16/04)


Another Stereotype of the Month entry:

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Tracks, card clubs open big new push for Proposition 68

By James P. Sweeney
COPLEY NEWS SERVICE

6:56 p.m. September 16, 2004

SACRAMENTO With little more than six weeks until election day, a multimillion-dollar donnybrook over the future of gambling in California has begun.

The state's big racetracks and card clubs will Thursday launch their big push for an initiative that could give them slot machines with a $3 million-a-week television buy for a new advertisement that takes a jarring swipe at Indian gambling.
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The new ad alleges an $8 billion Indian gambling industry in California pays no state taxes. Campaign officials attributed the $8 billion figure to Forbes magazine. A Copley News Service analysis of available public data found industry revenue closer to $6 billion.

California tribes pay about $140 million a year into two state funds, most of which is redistributed to non- and small-gaming tribes.

"When did Indian gaming go so wrong?" the ad asks. "When did it stop being a serious attempt to help poor Indians."

The spot calls on tribes to pay a 25 percent "fair share" but does not mention the tracks and card rooms, or the slots they could receive.

Rob's reply
"When did Indian gaming go so wrong?" Never. "When did it stop being a serious attempt to help poor Indians." Never. Indian gaming is still working well and still helping poor Indians reach for the American dream.

Related links
Schwarzenegger ad:  Gaming tribes should pay "fair share"
The facts about Indian gaming


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