NEWS: Foxboro: A town divided (local election time inundated with ads)

some wonder whether the media onslaught is meant to have an impact on voters’ choices.

A foreshadowing of what big-moneyed interest can do to influence a local election in a “Citizens United” world…

Residents are hearing about their town frequently in commercials on Boston radio station WBZ and TV spots on MSNBC and other networks supporting a vote on a potential resort casino.

Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn announced plans last year to build a $1 billion destination casino on land owned by the Kraft Group across from Gillette Stadium on Route 1.

The advertising, along with print ads in The Sun Chronicle and The Foxboro Reporter featuring a letter to the town from Wynn, urges the town to begin negotiations on a host agreement so that residents can vote on the issue in a referendum.

The ads tout as many as 4,000 permanent jobs and as much as $15 million in annual property tax revenue that proponents say would come with a casino.

But with a town election Monday neatly divided between two candidates who favor airing Wynn’s proposal and two who don’t, some wonder whether the media onslaught is meant to have an impact on voters’ choices.

Read more at the Sun Chronicle

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