Investigate Steve Wynn’s Political Contributions to Charlie Baker
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Steve Wynn and Governor Charlie Baker have repeatedly concealed financial information from the public and state authorities. The Wall Street Journal reports that Steve Wynn used the RGA to funnel campaign contributions to Baker’s campaign, in direct violation of Massachusetts gaming law. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission must investigate Wynn’s financial support of Baker, and hold a public hearing as part of their investigation into Wynn Resorts.
The Massachusetts gaming law prohibits applicants for a gaming license from making campaign contributions to candidates for public office.
When Steve Wynn was an applicant for a gaming license in 2014, the company gave $2 million to the Republican Governors Association (RGA), its largest-ever donation to the group. The same day, the RGA made a $1.1 million donation to support Baker. Eight days later, it gave $1.1 million more.
Charlie Baker and his political team also have a history of concealing the source of political donations to his campaigns. In 2017, the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) found two different political groups aligned with Baker guilty of illegally and intentionally concealing the true source of donations meant to influence two ballot questions in the 2016 election.
Steve Wynn’s resignation as chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts does not lessen the need for the Commission’s investigation into the company. If anything, the need for a thorough investigation is even greater today. Wynn retains his 12% ownership stake in the company, and the same staff and officers who may have abetted this ongoing coverup remain in charge.
Given the undeniable evidence that Wynn Resorts successfully concealed information from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in the past, the Commission is required to investigate Wynn’s financial support of Baker. They must also hold a public hearing where members of the public can testify, as part of a thorough look at Wynn Resorts’ suitability to hold a casino license.
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