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A placard protesting a proposed gambling casino at an unpaved parking lot at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. (AP)
A placard protesting a proposed gambling casino at an unpaved parking lot at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. (AP)
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With the repeal of the state's casino law on the ballot this November, Massachusetts is ground zero in the push to expand — or stop — the spread of legalized gambling.

It's an interesting moment for legal gaming across the country. A couple decades ago, the industry had homes only in Nevada and Atlantic City. Now, 39 states allow legalized gambling.

And one man — Frank Fahrenkopf-- can take a lot of credit for that expansion. He served as president and CEO of the American Gaming Association — the industry's national trade group — for 18 years during that impressive expansion. He stepped down last year and has just begun a fellowship at Harvard's Institute of Politics.

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Frank Fahrenkopf, former president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. He's also a fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics.

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The Boston Globe: Gambling’s Former Top Lobbyist Lands At Harvard

  • "Fahrenkopf, who also served as the chair of the Republican National Committee from 1983 to 1989, will be lecturing on bipartisanship—or, rather, the lack of it—in modern politics. Fahrenkopf has a long relationship with the university, having spoken many times at Harvard over the past three decades, usually about national politics."

This segment aired on October 3, 2014.

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