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Campaign Committee Formed To Oppose Casino Vote

    A campaign committee has been created to oppose the development of a resort casino in Springfield Massachusetts.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill  reports.

   A Springfield attorney, Michael Kogut, filed legal paperwork with the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office to register a political committee, called  “ Citizens Against Casino Gaming”  The committee will begin to raise  money in a bid to defeat a casino question if and when it gets to the ballot in Springfield. Kogut  knows they’ll be no match, financially ,for the casino lobby.

   Before a casino company can apply for a license from the state, local voters must approve the project.. At least four companies are interested in putting a casino in  Springfield.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.