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Florida's casino fight hits the airwaves



Another sign that the high intensity fight over expanding casino gambling in Florida: practically back to back television ads in the BCS Championship.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce's "Bad Bet for Florida" features a classroom of kids and is running Tallahassee and another market. Meanwhile, Associated Industries of Florida's ad features American actor, writer, lawyer, and commentator Ben Stein promoting the gambling venues as a jobs creator.

Finally, an ad run by the Institute for Liberty, a Washington D.C. think tank that opposes health care reform , is running in Orlando. The group has someone found its way into the Florida gambling debate with the ad bashing Disney for its ownership of Marvel comics, whose characters are featured on online slot machine games.


[Last modified: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 11:01am]


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