Gambling interests give $4M to political campaigns

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Gambling lobbyists spent more than $4 million to support political candidates in the state's June 1 primary.

The Birmingham News reports that a newspaper analysis of financial disclosure forms show that gambling sources donated cash to candidates through 104 political action committees during the 2010 election cycle. Gambling is the hot button issue in the state this campaign season as battles over electronic bingo rage in all three branches of state government.

The top gaming industry donor so far is Milton McGregor, one of the biggest proponents of electronic bingo in Alabama. He gave a combined $1.9 million.

A close second was the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and its gaming authority, PCI Gaming, which gave $1.4 million to 56 PACs.

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