"Gaming Votes" Initiative Kicks Off in Iowa
As the 2016 presidential election candidates begin to visit Iowa regularly, the Iowa Gaming Association and its partners at the American Gaming Association (AGA) want to raise awareness among potential candidates about the significant impact a casino’s presence has within its community and the state.
In June, AGA president and CEO Geoff Freeman visited Iowa to kick off the Gaming Votes initiative. The event brought together community leaders, elected officials and casino management, and IGA president and CEO Wes Ehrecke moderated a panel comprised of Freeman, U.S. Congressman David Young, Bub Mundt (president and CEO of the Council Bluffs Chamber), Kelley Kulesa (Ameristar player development manager) and Ron Tekippe (president of HGM Associates). Panelists discussed the many benefits that commercial gaming brings Iowa, including proven positive economic impacts and substantial charitable grants from gaming revenue.
Freeman shared the results of a recent AGA survey that polled likely Republican and Democratic caucus-goers (400 of each party). It found that voters are more likely to support a presidential candidate who recognizes that casinos create jobs, generate valuable tax revenue and serve as an important role in economic development. Other key findings include:
- 53% of very conservative voters and 65% of conservative voters say casinos have helped economic development and job creation.
- 61% of very liberal voters and 72% of liberal voters say casinos have helped economic development and job creation.
- By a 2-1 margin, respondents said that gaming had a positive effect on Iowa.
For more information on the Gaming Votes initiative, visit the AGA site. To find your legislator and voice your support for commercial gaming, visit house.gov.