The Maryland State Ethics Commission posted the lobbying disclosures for August’s special session to expand gambling in Maryland.
The Baltimore Sun reported that $3.6 million was spent by casino and labor interests to sway legislators. The Washington Building and Construction Trades Council, a group favoring a sixth casino at National Harbor, spent the most by far $2.7 million.
Steve Kearney, Governor O’Malley’s former communications chief, and Damien O’Doherty a top aide to former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, founded KO Public Affairs. They are also the founders of the self described straight news site Center Maryland, along with Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Corporation businessman Martin Knott and former Baltimore Sun reporter Howard Libit.