Ala. legislator says cash offered for bingo vote

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama legislator says a lobbyist offered him $250,000 if he would commit to voting in favor of electronic bingo.

Sen. Paul Sanford of Huntsville said Monday that before he was elected last year, lobbyist Jarrod Massey offered him the money if he would commit to a "yes" vote. Massey's clients include the Country Crossing electronic bingo casino in Dothan.

The Birmingham News says a second state senator says Massey offered a substantial campaign contribution in return for a favorable vote on bingo legislation.

Attorneys for Massey say he denies having any conversations with legislators in which he offered campaign contributions in exchange for a vote on a bingo bill.

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