Thursday, July 28, 2011

Group Organized by Lobbyist for Detroit Syndicate Launching Pro-Gambling TV Show in Hawaii

Legalized Gambling Advocacy Group to Launch New Television Show
Citizens for a Better Way, a group that is pushing to legalize gambling in Hawaii, will launch a new television show on Olelo Television to educate citizens on its plan to build a standing casino in Waikiki.

The group, headed by Liz Watanabe, also launched a web site that highlights its plan.

Hawaii is one of only two states without any form of legalized gaming. Legislation to change that has been introduced over the last 12 years but always has failed. Legislation from last session is still alive and could be addressed again as early as January 2012.

Citizens for a Better Way is pushing for gambling as a new form of revenue for the state government. The plan includes a $1 million bidding fee for every casino company interested in winning the contract, a $150 million licensing fee and a 15 percent general excise tax on all transactions inside the casino.

The legislature, although looking for additional revenue sources, has been reluctant to legalize gaming, largely because of vocal public opposition.

Blogger's Note: After further investigation, it's clear that John Radcliffe, longtime lobbyist for labor and a Detroit gambling syndicate, conceived and created the so-called "grassroots" group Citizens for a Better Way. In truth, it is a for-profit limited liability company. Then Radcliffe hooked up with Liz Hata Watanabe, former owner of failed nightclub and restaurant operations with no sustained record running a financially successful business but rather an extremely poor track record with the Honolulu Liquor Commission. Just weeks from filing bankruptcy, Watanabe agrees to help Radcliffe out. And in April, they spend $40,000 on a campaign aimed at getting approvals for the Detroiters to operate a Waikiki casino. They won't document where they got the money from, nor who got the payments for "Advertising Media" expenses. Funny business for sure!

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