Lobbyists are crucial, especially when you’re competing for a 20-year contract extension to operate Rhode Island state lottery.
The two top contenders in Rhode Island, Twin River Worldwide Holdings and International Game Technology (IGT) are leaving no stone unturned to win the 20-year lottery contract extension.
Reportedly, the two companies have paid lobbyists over half a million dollars – $512,500 to 24 different lobbyists to be precise.
According to John Marion, the executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, it could be the biggest lobbying campaign in the state in recent times.
Earlier this week, Twin River and Camelot Lottery Solutions tendered a joint bid to operate the Rhode Island lottery system. The gambling operator in its proposal has said that they would create 1,100 new jobs. Moreover, they have also given a $100 million guarantee. An investment of $75 million in development has also been promised.
According to the data reported to the secretary of state’s office, two companies have also spent money on lobbyists, political contributions, advertising, and public relations.
Recently, Rhode Island State Lottery ordered Twin River Worldwide Holding which operates the two casinos in the state to remove 360 of its “underperforming” video slots. Recently, Rhode Island State Lottery ordered Twin River Worldwide Holding which operates the two casinos in the state to remove 360 of its “underperforming” video slots.