Like in the District, the proposal also called for slots licensees to get 75 percent of the profits from the machines compared to 25 percent for the state.
The effort to put the initiative on the ballot included the professional signature-gathering firm Progressive Campaigns Inc., or PCI.
The same firm was hired by Mr. Newell to get the measure on the ballot in the District, where PCI hired a Florida-based subcontractor called Stars and Stripes for the petition drive.
That firm was charged with numerous violations of election law by the D.C. elections board.
The initiative passed in Maine, but in December Mr. Scott was denied a racing license necessary to operate the machines at a track after a state investigation indicated he owned or held ownership in dozens of other companies that exercised “sloppy, if not irresponsible” financial management, and that Mr. Baldwin exercised too much control over his finances.
New York gambling regulators also cited the intertwined finances between Mr. Baldwin and Mr. Scott in December when they denied Mr. Baldwin a racing license for a track in the town of Vernon.
Mr. Scott subsequently sold both racetracks.
Matthew Cella is The Washington Times’ Metro editor. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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