Casinos Put N.H. Charities' Fundraising At Risk

May 1, 2013

The state's more than 300 charities that raise money through poker and table games may have to scramble if New Hampshire legalizes a casino offering more expanded gambling options for players.

Witnesses told a special House subcommittee Wednesday that some businesses that operate the games for charities could close if a casino cuts into their bottom line. They said that would force the charities to either look for other operators to squeeze them into packed schedules or to run the casino operations themselves.

Paul Kelley of the Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission said a Senate bill to legalize a casino guarantees charities that raised money through the games of chance in 2012 the same amount in future years if they continue to use the same fund-raising method.