Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson contributed another $1 million in mid-October to a political committee fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana, newly filed finance reports show. Adelson had contributed $5 million of the $5,842,897 raised by the “Drug Free Florida Committee” as of Sunday. The committee also spent $1,254,013 in mid-October and reported an overall spending total of $5,582,772.
Almost all of the latest spending, $1.2 million, went to the New Jersey-based firm Jamestown Associates, LLC, for “media placement,” the reports show. Meanwhile, a political committee supporting the medical-marijuana proposal, which will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot as Amendment 2, raised $388,341 from Oct. 11 through Saturday, the reports show.
Also, the committee, known as “People United for Medical Marijuana,” received about $200,000 in in-kind contributions of television and radio advertising from The Morgan Firm, PA. That law firm is headed by John Morgan, who has spearheaded the medical-marijuana legalization effort. The committee also spent $622,643 from Oct. 11 through Saturday, bringing its overall spending total to $6,584,779.–News Service of Florida