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Berger: "Has Pinnacle Gaming Dropped Mark Levison as Legal Counsel?" | Missouri Political News Service

Berger: “Has Pinnacle Gaming Dropped Mark Levison as Legal Counsel?”

November 11th, 2009 by MarkTwain · No Comments

 Jerry Berger has some more juicy details on the sudden resignation Monday (Mr.  Lee abruptly resigned as the head of Mirage in 1999) of Pinnacle Entertainment head Dan Lee:

“Has Pinnacle Gaming dropped Mark Levison as legal counsel? That’s the word from sources in Jeff City. (Levison did not return phone calls for a comment.). Contrary to advice offered to then Pinnacle CEO Dan Lee by the company’s chief of government relations that he NOT make any direct contact with local elected officials in St. Louis county, let alone attend the council meeting, Lee was apparently persuaded by Levison to attend and voice his displeasure. The net result, as has been reported, is that the gaming commission is investigating Lee’s interaction with Councilman Steve Stenger and that Lee suddenly announced his “retirement” after seven years with the company. Prior to Lee’s appearance, the company was represented at the zoning hearings by local PR/lobbyist Mack Bradley in an “observe, do not speak” capacity. Bradley strongly advocated that Lee NOT attend or address the council meeting…”


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