Riverside Casino and Golf Resort has notified the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission that it may spend $1.5 million on the Just Say No Casino campaign to defeat the March 5 referendum to allow casino gambling in Linn County.
The Riverside gambling venue, which opened in August 2006 15 miles south of Iowa City, is the closest of Iowa’s 18 casinos to Cedar Rapids, and so could be the one that feels the greatest impact if a Cedar Rapids casino is developed.
That the Riverside casino is spending money to defeat the Linn County ballot measure is not a surprise, but the potential size of the spending is.
What do you think of the diclosure? Does it impact how you’ll vote on the Linn County casino referendum March 5?