E-mail correspondence with casino issue spokesmen

From: David Kormanik <dkormanik@ohiojobsandgrowth.org>
To: williamsonworks@yahoo.com
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 1:36:54 PM
Subject: Hello from the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

Daniel,

Hello, my name is David Kormanik and I represent the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan.

Over the coming weeks and months, I will keep you informed on our activities and make sure you have the latest information on our plan to bring four first-class casinos to Ohio —one in Cleveland , Columbus , Cincinnati , and Toledo .

In the meantime, feel free to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news, endorsements and campaign updates.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you have!

Thanks,

David Kormanik

Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

614-370-2363

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From: Daniel Williamson [mailto:williamsonworks@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 5:14 PM
To: David Kormanik
Subject: Re: Hello from the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

Question:  If the casino proposal represents a plan for Ohio ‘s jobs and growth, why just cherry pick 4 locations?

Question: If America is, by its nature, is intended to be a land of opportunity and free enterprise, and if Ohio voters favor legalization of casinos, why limit competition by creating a casino cartel, as your proposal intends, instead of allowing anyone to open up, own, and operate casinos wherever the zoning of Ohio’s communities permit them?

–Daniel Williamson

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From: David Kormanik <dkormanik@ohiojobsandgrowth.org>
To: Daniel Williamson <williamsonworks@yahoo.com>
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 11:36:32 AM
Subject: RE: Hello from the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

Daniel,

Please contact our spokesperson, Bob Tenenbaum (news@ohiojobsandgrowth.org). He will be able to answer the questions below, as well as address any other concerns you may have.

I have also attached a document containing information on our proposal.

Thanks,

David Kormanik

Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

614-370-2363

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From: Daniel Williamson <williamsonworks@yahoo.com>
To: news@ohiojobsandgrowth.org
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 1:25:31 PM
Subject: Fw: Hello from the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

Question:  If the casino proposal represents a plan for Ohio ‘s jobs and growth, why just cherry pick 4 locations?

Question: If America is, by its nature, intended to be a land of opportunity and free enterprise, and if Ohio voters favor legalization of casinos, why limit competition by creating a casino cartel, as your proposal intends, instead of allowing anyone to open up, own, and operate casinos wherever the zoning of Ohio’s communities permit them?

–Daniel Williamson

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From: Daniel Williamson [williamsonworks@yahoo.com] Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 3:49 PM
To: news@ohiojobsandgrowth.org
Subject: Re: Hello from the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

Question: Didn’t you pledge to answer questions?

–Daniel Jack Williamson

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From: ” Tenenbaum, Bob ” <BTenenbaum@themilenthalgroup.com>
To: Daniel Williamson <williamsonworks@yahoo.com>
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 12:50:24 PM
Subject: RE: Hello from the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

Is this for a publication, or are these just personal questions? (We will answer either way, I’m just curious.)

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From: Daniel Williamson [williamsonworks@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 4:09 PM
To: Tenenbaum, Bob
Subject: Re: Hello from the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

I definitely intend to blog about the casino issue multiple times this year.  I’m surprised that you have a two-track answering system, one for on the record, and one for off the record.

Consider this “on the record.”

–Daniel Jack Williamson


From: ” Tenenbaum, Bob ” <BTenenbaum@themilenthalgroup.com>
To: Daniel Williamson <williamsonworks@yahoo.com>
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 1:13:02 PM
Subject: RE: Hello from the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

We don’t ever answer “off the record,” and there is no two-track system. As I said, I was just personally interested.

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From: Daniel Williamson [williamsonworks@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 4:31 PM
To: Tenenbaum, Bob
Subject: Re: Hello from the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

I recant.  I’m so sorry, I apologize.  I shouldn’t be flippant like that, especially when the information is offered to me so graciously.

But, yes, I’ll be blogging about the casino issue.

–Daniel Jack Williamson

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From: David Kormanik <dkormanik@ohiojobsandgrowth.org>
To: williamsonworks@yahoo.com
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2009 4:18 PM
Subject: YouTube Petition Filing Video

Dear Daniel,

The Ohio Jobs & Growth Committee released a video today on Facebook and YouTube highlighting last Thursday’s petition filing.

It includes footage of the 200+ petition boxes containing over 850,000 signatures (double what is necessary to qualify) being submitted to the Secretary of State’s office.

I invite you to watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DINbOCW6JxA.

Please let me know if you need any additional information about the campaign! Thanks for your time.

Sincerely,

David Kormanik

Ohio Jobs and Growth Plan

www.ohiojobsandgrowth.org

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

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From: Daniel Williamson [mailto:williamsonworks@yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 11:53 PM
To: Tenenbaum, Bob
Subject: Re: Hello from the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

I’ve been waiting for your answer to the two questions I asked.  Plenty of time has elapsed.  I do intend to blog about the casino gambling issue.  I will include your answers in my blog if I can receive those answers in the next 48 hours.  If I do not receive answers, I will compose a blog entry, anyway, even without answers.

Daniel Jack Williamson
Buckeye RINO

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From: ” Tenenbaum, Bob ” <BTenenbaum@themilenthalgroup.com>
To: Daniel Williamson <williamsonworks@yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 6:34:02 AM
Subject: RE: Hello from the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

Here you go:

Question:  If the casino proposal represents a plan for Ohio ‘s jobs and growth, why just cherry pick 4 locations?

Casino gaming is a business, and as such needs to be looked at in terms of what is practical. It is clear Ohio can support four casinos in the state’s four largest cities, where they will create jobs, contribute to the revitalization of our largest urban areas, and generate tax revenues to help support local governments and schools throughout the state. Every state that allows casino gaming limits the number of licenses available. The supporters of this issue believe that the most practical solution for Ohio is to place casinos in the state’s four largest cities, while making sure that every county and every school district in Ohio benefits from the tax revenue the casinos will generate.

Question: If America is, by its nature, intended to be a land of opportunity and free enterprise, and if Ohio voters favor legalization of casinos, why limit competition by creating a casino cartel, as your proposal intends, instead of allowing anyone to open up, own, and operate casinos wherever the zoning of Ohio’s communities permit them?

The notion that “anyone” can “open up, own and operate casinos wherever the zoning of Ohio’s communities permit them” implies that Ohio could support 10, or 20, or maybe 50 casinos spread throughout the state. It’s simply a totally impractical idea. Every state that has permitted casino gaming has limited the number of licenses available. In addition, opening up the state to casino gaming requires an amendment to the Ohio Constitution, and that requires a campaign that someone has to fund. The developers of the casinos proposed in this ballot issue have been very open about the fact that they are supporting the campaign because they want to develop these casinos. They have also committed to investing a minimum of $250 million of private money in each casino . . . a significant contribution to the economy of the state and its four largest cities.

Bob Tenenbaum

Spokesman for the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

250 Civic Center Dr., Suite 440

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 573-1377

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From: Daniel Williamson [mailto:williamsonworks@yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, July 28, 2009 9:45 AM
To: Tenenbaum, Bob
Subject: Re: Hello from the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

Thank you very much.  This will be posted soon.

Daniel Jack Williamson
Buckeye RINO

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From: Daniel Williamson [mailto:williamsonworks@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 10:18 AM
To: Tenenbaum, Bob
Subject: Re: Hello from the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

My initial reaction:  What you refer to as practical and impractical serves to highlight one of the big differences between the casino industry and most other industries in a free market system: Sustainability.  Casinos require a very structured marketplace because they cannot be sustained in a free marketplace.

–Daniel Williamson

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From: “Tenenbaum, Bob” <BTenenbaum@themilenthalgroup.com>
To: Daniel Williamson <williamsonworks@yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 10:20:21 AM
Subject: RE: Hello from the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

If you’re opposed to allowing the casino industry in Ohio , I respect your viewpoint. But this is for the voters to decide. Independent polls have consistently shown that Ohioans favor allowing casino gaming in concept. It is our belief that they have defeated four previous issues because they did not provide the kind of economic development and tax revenues the voters were looking for. We think this issue does . . . and therefore believe it has a very good chance of gaining passage in November.

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From: Daniel Williamson [mailto:williamsonworks@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 10:29 AM
To: Tenenbaum, Bob
Subject: Re: Hello from the Ohio Jobs & Growth Plan

Of course.  I want the voters to decide, also.  I think this dialogue will be instructive.

–Daniel Williamson

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Dear readers:  This is raw source material.  I plan to expand on this information in the near future.  Stay tuned . . .

11 Responses to “E-mail correspondence with casino issue spokesmen”

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