Gambling critic Dennis Bailey disputes pro-racino ad

Posted Nov. 03, 2011, at 3:29 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A casino opponent is challenging the truthfulness of a new TV ad in support of a statewide referendum seeking approval for two racinos in Maine.

The ad features a teacher from Pittsfield who says Question 2 is “great for education” and would provide $30 million for “things like Maine schools.”

Dennis Bailey of Casinos No! said none of the racino money would be earmarked for K-12 education, although some would go toward college scholarships. Bailey calls the ad “completely false.”

Ed MacColl, a lawyer involved in the campaign to build a racino in Biddeford, said the reality is a racino would generate more than $30 million for the state’s General Fund, which he said would go toward education and other state programs.