Vote Yes Linn County Releases List of 58 Investors in Casino Project

By Rick Smith, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The Just Say No Casino campaign has been calling for a list of investors in a proposed Cedar Rapids area casino for weeks.

On Monday, Vote Yes Linn County released a list of 58 investors, including the investor group’s leader, Steve Gray.

"The investors in this casino are local people and have strong ties to Linn County," Steve Gray, founder of Gray Venture Partners, said about himself and the others. "We are supporting the casino and encouraging others in Linn County to do the same."

Scott Stines of Cedar Rapids, a member of the Just Say No Casino group, on Monday wondered why Gray hadn't released the information months ago.

"Why are they waiting until the last minute to release this vital information?" Stines said in a statement. "Because the people of Linn County are demanding answers. Unfortunately, this list is incomplete. Just like all the communication that has come from casino investors, it doesn’t give us the whole story."

According to Gray, the investors who now are announcing support for the casino are:

Steve Allsop, Pat Baird, Jodi Balvanz, Jim Balvanz, Larry Bergdale, John Bloomhall, Barry Boyer, Tom Brown, Scott Byers, Craig Byers, Brad Canfield, Pat Cobb, Jim Cownie, Tami Culver, Todd Culver, Chad Dummermuth, Maria Dummermuth, George Grask, Steve Gray, Stephen Griggs, Jerry Haman, Frederick M. Haumesser, Tom Hayden, Dennis Henderson, Kirk Kaalberg, Bob Kazimour, Steve C. King, William C. Knapp, Jim Lamb, Bill Lehman, Bruce Lehrman, Tom Leidigh, Clark McLeod, Jared Morris, Jon Morris, Peg Morris, Waldo Morris, Russ Nieland, Jason Olejniczak, Lon Olejniczak, Doug Olson, Kevin Powell, Randy Rings, Charlie Rohde, Gary Rozek, David Rusch, Drew Skogman, Jo Ann Skogman, Mick Slinger, Max Smith, John Smith, Duane Smith, Jason Smith, Elizabeth Trcka, David Verhille, Jeff Witter, David Young and Tami Young.

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