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Gambling opponent calls latest ads misleading

September 22, 1998
By: Lee McGuire
State Capital Bureau

The first round of ads supporting this fall's boats-in-moats ballot question has hit the airwaves. But some gambling opponents say the spots are misleading. Lee McGuire has more from the state capital.

Missourians for Fairness and Jobs has launched its first major campaign pitch. Two new radio and television ads encourage people to vote in favor of boats in moats.

But St. Louis county republican representative Todd Akin says the ads bend the facts.

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Contents: Akin says the advertisements, which say the legislature approved boats in moats legislation, are deceitful.

Mike Brown, a spokesman for Missourians for Fairness and Jobs, said the ads are not misleading. He says they're designed to educate voters. At the state capital, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.


The man who has led the lawsuits against the state gambling industry says the casino interests are trying to pull a fast one on the public. Lee McGuire has the story from Jefferson City.

Representative Todd Akin of St. Louis county says the casino industry is trying to rewrite history with its latest round of boats-in-moats ads.

Missourians for Fairness and Jobs has sponsored one radio and one television spot that ask voters to support casinos on this November's ballot.

Akin says those ads are misleading. He says they imply the legislature has already supported gambling in moats.

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Contents: Akin says the legislature never indended to have land-based casinos. He says the ads are a deceptive bait-and-switch tactic.

Mike Brown, a spokesman for Missourians for Fairness and Jobs, said the ads are designed to educate voters, not mislead them. At the state capital, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.