Casino watch focus has reported on the various means pro casino groups in Florida have attempted to persuade and pass legislation to allow expanded gambling. They have bought property, paid lobbyist and provided campaign contributions. They have pushed for subtle expansion, mega casinos and even prepared a ballot initiative to attempt to dupe voters. Now, they have published a new website in an effort to position expanded gambling in a favorable light. The Orlando Business Journal’s Richard Bilbao published a great write up on how NO Casinos has issued a great site of their own to refute their claims:
Watch out Anonymous: No Casinos — the Orlando-based anti-gambling advocacy group — is taking website advocacy to a new level.
In response to a pro-gambling website — www.bestforfla.com — that talks about advocating for “integrated resorts” in Florida, the group decided it would be best to address the claims of pro-gambling supporters in kind.
“The latest example of the industry that has no shame being ashamed to utter the name of its own [casinos] product — and the words they want legislators to be on record voting for — is a promotional website they launched a couple of weeks ago. But if you go to their website, http://www.bestforfla.com, there is no mention of casinos or gambling. Lots of pictures of beaches, restaurants and other attractive things that Florida already has,” said a release from No Casinos.
The result? No Casinos launched its own version parody site — www.lessforfla.com — that takes the pro-gambling site to task.
The parody site goes on about the group’s arguments that casinos lead to issues socially and economically including poverty, crime, addiction and bankruptcy. The original pro-gaming site states casinos would result in new visitors, jobs, revenues and more hotels, convention space and other casino-related business.
Being an avid Web surfer, I’ve seen some good Internet trolling, but this is an interesting new strategy to the entire gambling debate.
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