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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Betty Boop Location: Florida on Apr 9, 2010 at 01:45 PM
    I don't care if it's politics or anything else! Whether you participate in weekly lotto or E- Bingo it is all the same--GOOD CLEAN FUN FOR MOST OF US WHO LIKE TO PLAY. My concern is the people who need jobs EVERYWHERE. This is a job to them which means being able to put food on the table, keep their homes, buy their children what they need and maybe some things they(children) may want-like a new toy!! E-Bingo is a way for people to start to feel good about life again-not just playing but also knowing THEY HAVE A JOB!!! Wake up people!!!! This country needs all the help it can get and by country I mean PEOPLE--since it's PEOPLE who make up this country!!!
  • by Laura Location: Tallahassee on Apr 7, 2010 at 06:25 PM
    I just wish they would get rid of the Alabama soga and move closer to Tallahassee, maybe the revenues would generate some budget downfalls. I don't know what the big deal is about when it comes to gambling, its a form of entertainment. Life is to short to worry about the small stuff. When it comes down to it everyone takes a gamble when you walk out of your house these days. My husband and I really miss Country Crossing being open as our neighboring state. Hope to see you open soon. We will pray for any wrong doings and remember ever dog has its day!
  • by Mandy Location: Daleville on Apr 7, 2010 at 03:00 PM
    okay do any of yall actually think that Gilley cares about "the jobs for the people", he may care but only because his ENTIRE wallet is lined by country crossing. All of his investors are starting to "pull out" on him and they and he have sunk everything they have got into making country crossing a success. Dont let Gilley fool you!
  • by Jay Bea Location: Dothan on Apr 7, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    AMEN ... Lowell .. Well said ... most of these people don't believe their own postings ...
  • by Lowell Location: Dothan on Apr 7, 2010 at 01:36 AM
    Whatever happened to the innocent until proven guilty theory in this country.First of all joe,ken,looking,stevie and the rest of you riley,anti-bingo fans,in this article massey denies he had any conversations about offering money for votes so the comments you make are heresay,second of all we all know riley allowed vland to operate their bingo hall thru-out his entire term.WHY? Thirdly bingo machines at country crossing HAVE NOT been proven to be illegal.My suggestion to you all is to leave this country and live elsewhere cause us tru americans want to hold on dearly to our rights and with people like you around its becoming much more difficult.
  • by Dabnny Location: Phenix City on Apr 6, 2010 at 07:05 PM
    Sounds like no one took the $ like the governor did from the Mississippi bingo bosses!
  • by dollarspirit Location: FL on Apr 6, 2010 at 06:32 PM
    Can I donate?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2010 at 03:10 PM
    First of all I would not believe Senator Sanford on a stack of bibles ... His statement is as believable as Bob Riley, which no one in their right mind would believe anything out of their mouth .... Gov Riley surrounds himself with people that will lie at the drop of a hat, and take money from anyone that offers it. So, i believe that Sanford would have taken the money if offered just like Tyson did from Milton McGregor and then lead a task force to shut him down ... Probably because Bingo Bob got him a better deal from the Indians...
  • by Jer Location: Geneva on Apr 6, 2010 at 02:35 PM
    Hey, all you crooks in the Legislature, judges, and D.A.s who have been bought by the gambling interests, better go tell the truth. Try to make a deal with the FBI like you did with Gilley and Friends. Your time is coming. And you deserve it.
  • by Jay Bea Location: Dothan on Apr 6, 2010 at 01:46 PM
    First of all I would not believe Senator Sanford on a stack of bibles ... His statement is as believable as Bob Riley, which no one in their right mind would believe anything out of their mouth .... Gov Riley surrounds himself with people that will lie at the drop of a hat, and take money from anyone that offers it. So, i believe that Sanford would have taken the money if offered just like Tyson did from Milton McGregor and then lead a task force to shut him down ... Probably because Bingo Bob got him a better deal from the Indians...
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