Release from Ron Sparks

As a candidate for Governor and a supporter of gaming in Alabama, I am writing to ask you for your support and for your vote. With Election Day just around the corner, I want to take this opportunity to highlight the differences between me and my opponent when it comes to gaming.

When elected Governor, I will license, tax, and regulate a limited number of high quality gaming establishments, including Country Crossing. The positive impact on Alabama will be huge. We’ll increase tourism dramatically, and we’ll generate more than $400 million for education and senior citizens.

If you are a supporter of gaming, I need your support – and your vote.

I will fight to tax and regulate gaming to help Alabama’s economy grow. In contrast, my opponent Robert Bentley has some of the most extreme positions on gaming in the nation. Only two states ban all gaming (Utah and Hawaii), and Robert Bentley wants to make Alabama the third.

If Robert Bentley is elected, there will be no Shriners Club charity bingo for burn victims, no more church raffles, and no more poker tournaments for cancer research –- on top of the fact every bingo and dog track facility in our state will be shut down for good.

Here is what Robert Bentley is saying about gaming:

“I personally have always been against gambling, and I still am . . . I am totally against gambling, and I would like to rid this state of gambling.” [Birmingham News Forum, 6/24/10]

“I am against gambling. I have always been against gambling. I voted against every gambling bill that has come through.” [APT Runoff Debate, 7/8/10]

"I think [gambling is] dead . . . Nobody is going to touch it." [Montgomery Advertiser, 10/10/10]

The choice is clear. If you agree that taxing and regulating gaming is good for Alabama, please vote for me on Tuesday, November 2nd and please encourage your friends and family to vote for Ron Sparks as well. There is a lot at stake in this election, and I need your help to win. Working together, we can make a difference.

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