Rhode Island wants its $5 lobbying fees

Jun 17, 2003 6:18 AM

Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. (HET), the gaming company that hopes to partner with the Narragansett Indian tribe to build a casino in Rhode Island, has had four lobbyists working the legislature during the past session.

Problem is, the company hasn’t as yet, registered the cadre by paying a $5 fee for each of the lobbyists. The state’s secretary of state, Matthew Brown, says he’s been prodding them to comply with the regulation.

Notified that registration is required were: former Las Vegas City Mayor Jan Jones; Atty. David Satz, Rick Gureghian, identified as a media consultant, and Kevin Stacom, a former members of the Boston Celtics. According to the Pawtucket (R.I.) Times newspaper, all four have been active in the gaming company’s effort to get permission to build a casino in the city of West Warwick.

After registering, the lobbyists are required to wear a badge that identifies them and their company, list their lobbying compensation, and report how much money they spend in their lobbying efforts.

Also notified to comply with the lobbyist’s registration requirement was Danny Bucci, the manager of Lincoln Downs Greyhound Park. Reportedly, he complied and said his compensation for lobbying came to $350. Bucci works for the dog track’s owner, Webley plc.a gaming company based in the United Kingdom.