Twin River hires former Speaker Bill Murphy as lobbyistFebruary 18th, 2013 at 12:14 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
By Dan McGowan
Former House Speaker-turned super lobbyist William Murphy has picked up his most lucrative gig since walking through the revolving door last year: A $10,000-per-month deal with Twin River casino.
“He’s joined Twin River’s government affairs team,” Twin River spokesperson Patti Doyle told WPRI.com. “Monitoring legislation, available to assist Twin River should any legislative issues arise.”
According to filings with Secretary of State’s office, Murphy will earn $7,500-a-month lobbying the legislature and $2,500-a-month lobbying the executive branch with the casino from Jan. through Dec. In addition to Murphy, Twin River will continue to pay former House Majority Leader George Caruolo $10,000-per-month and Daniel Ryan $7,500-a-month to lobby at the State House.
In November, Rhode Island voters overwhelmingly supported adding table games at Twin River, creating 600 full and part time jobs in the state. Supporters say the gaming expansion will help the casino remain competitive as Massachusetts prepares to add three resort-style casinos in the coming years.
The decision to add the former speaker to their arsenal is a logical one for Twin River. Murphy proved himself as a lobbyist last year for when he helped kill a payday lending reform bill for Advance America; a fight a he’ll likely face again this year. As speaker, Murphy helped override Gov. Carcieri’s veto to allow Twin River to remain open 24 hours-a-day and supported a ballot question asking voters if they would approve opening a casino in West Warwick.
Doyle said Murphy isn’t focused on any specific bill yet, but lawmakers have introduced several pieces of legislation that could affect the casino. House Minority Leader Brian Newberry has proposed increasing the state’s share of revenue generated at Twin River from 18% to 20%. State Rep. Deborah Fellela, D-Johnston, has introduced a bill that would raise the legal gambling age from 18 to 21.
In addition to his work with Twin River, Murphy is slated to earn $50,000 during the legislative session with Advance America and another $25,000 representing the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers.