Wynn Resorts Chairman Steve Wynn will be the new Republican National Committee finance chairman. Wynn accepted the job after being asked directly by President Donald Trump, Fox News reported. Wynn will become the top fundraiser for Washington Republicans ahead of the 2018 elections. He was the finance vice chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee that reportedly raised roughly $90 million.

The alliance is one that would have been unheard of 20 years ago, when Wynn and Trump were rival casino operators who typically insulted each other publicly. Wynn famously demanded that his name be removed from the AGA’s Gaming Industry Hall of Fame because Trump was named to the list. Wynn was later reinstated, and the two became friends in the 2000s, thanks mainly to their shared conservative Republican politics.

Not coincidentally, one day after Wynn was appointed finance chair, Wynn Resorts announced that the RNC’s political director will be the company’s newest senior vice president. Christopher Carr will become a senior vice president, managing the company’s government relations, charitable giving, community development initiatives and the expansion of the Wynn Employee Foundation.

Carr has an extensive history in politics, both nationally and in Nevada. His most recent job was national political director for the RNC during the 2016 presidential election.

Author: GGB Staff

Staff writers for Global Gaming Business magazine, Las Vegas, Nevada.