Competing Bidders For Slots Site Made Contact

FLINTSTONE, Md. (AP) — One of the bidders for a western Maryland slot-machine license says another bidder contacted him about making a deal to eliminate their competition.

Nathan Landow of Bethesda-based Landow Partners LLC told The Washington Post for a story Wednesday that a lobbyist for Evitts Resort LLC approached him several weeks ago.

Evitts is a joint venture of Lakes Entertainment Inc. of Minnetonka, Minn., and Paragon Project Resources Inc., of Irving, Texas.

Landow says he told the lobbyist he wasn’t interested.

The lobbyist says he doesn’t know who contacted whom.

A Paragon attorney acknowledges there was contact but says there was no substantive discussion. He says he advised Paragon to disclose it to the state slots commission.

Commission Chairman Donald Fry says the contact wasn’t improper.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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