Some of the Players
Chuck Ruthe. Wynn and Ruthe are two of the most generous political campaign contributors in town. This is the same Steve Wynn who demanded in 1990 that the City Council not take the Pappas' and other's properties to be transferred to his competitor Bob Snow because the properties were not, in his words, "blighted." In 1993, Mr. Wynn became an owner, through the Golden Nugget's interest in the LLC, of the Pappas' property. Up until recently, Mayor Jan Jones was also a stockholder in Mirage/Golden Nugget and therefore indirectly benefitted from the taking of Pappas' land. (see: "10 Most Corrupt Cities in America", George Magazine, March 1998.