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Casino Developer Big Donor of Charlie Crist Campaign

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The development company hired by the Seminole Tribe of Florida to expand its casino gambling empire has given $100,000 to a political committee working to boost Attorney General Charlie Crist’s campaign for governor of Florida.

The donor, Coastal Development Corp., owned by Richard T. Fields, wrote a check on July 18 to the Conservative Values Coalition, a third-party political group that has promoted Crist’s campaign. Fields, a former business associate of Donald Trump, brought together Baltimore developer David Cordish and the Seminole Tribe 6 years ago to develop the tribe’s successful Hard Rock Casinos in Hollywood and Tampa.

In late June, the Conservative Values Coalition sent out a glossy mailer touting Crist’s conservative credentials at the same time the Crist campaign started running a TV ad bearing a similar message.

Michigan Indian Tribe Replacing Victories Casino

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A Michigan indian tribe will open a new casino gambling, dining and entertainment site in Emmet County’s Resort Township in summer 2007. The new casino named Odawa Casino Resort will replace the smaller Victories Casino.

“Victories was only meant to be a temporary facility,” general manager Barry Milligan told the Petoskey News-Review. “It served us very well, and we want people to know it’s a clean break, a new environment and a new look.”

The tribe will phase out advertising for Victories while transferring employees and supplies to the new gambling casino over the coming year. Billboards, letterheads, business cards and playing cards will have to be changed, casino spokeswoman Diane Bott said.

The indian tribe plans to hire about 250 new employees when the new casino gambling site opens.

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