Political campaigns on both sides of the casino debate have filed their first finance reports with the state.

The Committee to Protect Massachusetts Jobs, which wants to defeat a November ballot question to repeal the state's casino law, reported Friday nearly $1.8 million in donations from gambling giants MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming as well as organized labor. After spending $577,000 in the reporting period, the group has $1.2 million on hand.

Repeal the Casino Deal, the anti-casino group, raised $247,222. After expenses, that leaves the group with $25,333 heading into the crucial final months of the campaign. Spokesman David Guarino said the anti-casino campaign is focused on continuing to build a grassroots campaign, not writing ``write million dollar checks like the casino bosses and their hired guns.''