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MGM woos Springfield voters

SPRINGFIELD — Corporate bigwigs from MGM are pitching their casino project relentlessly, in television commercials, in newspaper ads, and on the Internet. They have cut checks to local causes, solicited endorsements from influential groups, and have personally carried a message into several hundred community meetings: If you like our proposal, why not tell the mayor?

The attention and the money that MGM Resorts Inter­national has lavished on Springfield since August in support of the company’s $800 million proposal is part of an unprecedented citywide campaign, designed by high-octane political advisers and operatives, including President Obama’s media consultant.

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