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Lawsuit: Commission sabotaged casino project

January 2, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Racing Commission worked to sabotage a company’s plans for a $50 million casino and racetrack in Raton in favor of a rival operator, a lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque claims commissioners let the license for La Mesa Racetrack and Casino expire after the project faced a number of delays.

It also accused former commissioner Marty Cope of intentionally blocking the project because she was a friend of a rival.

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