A group that supports the Mashpee Wampanoag’s proposal to build a casino in Taunton has spent more than $130,000 on a political campaign to win favor for the project, outspending opponents more than 175 to 1 ahead of Saturday’s nonbinding referendum, according to documents on file with the city clerk.
The Mashpee tribe has committed $300,000 toward the public campaign that is being waged on behalf of the tribe by the group Together for Taunton, which includes local residents, business owners, and tribal members. The group had about $170,000 in cash on hand on May 22, the most recent date covered by the group’s filing. The group expects to spend all the money on the campaign before Saturday’s vote. Opponents, on the other hand, had spent just $730 to defeat the proposal by May 31. The opposition group, Preserve Taunton’s Future, had $793 on hand at the end of last month.