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Dispute Escalates Over Ohio Anti-casino Ad

A group fighting November's casino ballot issue is asking a central Ohio prosecutor to determine whether a rival campaign illegally accessed their latest TV spot before it aired.

TruthPAC submitted as evidence a Friday letter from the rival committee's lawyer urging them not to air the ad because it contained false and misleading information. TruthPAC also pointed Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien to public statements by the pro-casino campaign's spokesman acknowledging they got a copy of the ad from Time Warner. Time Warner produced the ad for TruthPAC.

A spokesman for the pro-casino Ohio Jobs and Growth Committee says the campaign assumed it was asked to review the ad because the contents were spurious. TruthPAC stands behind its claims.

If approved, the ballot measure would legalize casinos in four Ohio cities.