AL Governor Candidates Favor Casino Disclosure

By: AP
By: AP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The disclosure that the state's largest casino gave less than 1 percent of its gross per year to charity has the two candidates for governor saying more openness is needed.

Democrat Ron Sparks says there should be accountability and transparency with the charitable donations by casinos. A spokeswoman for Republican Robert Bentley says he favors frequent disclosure of charitable contributions.

The candidates expressed their views after a judge's order showed that Victoryland's electronic bingo machines in Macon County grossed $503 million over five years and contributed $4.4 million to charity, or less than 1 percent per year.

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  • by B on Jul 29, 2010 at 01:35 PM
    I THINK THEY SHOULD BE GIVING MORE THAN THEY DO, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND THAT IS A LOT OF MONEY THAT HAS HELPED (HOPEFULLY) THE NEEDY, AND I HOPE THAT RON SPARKS GETS IN SO OTHERS CAN BE HELPED ALSO.
  • by Riley Location: Dothan on Jul 26, 2010 at 06:31 PM
    $4.4 million dollars is quite a sufficient amount for one organization to donate to the support of Alabama's non-working poor, alcoholics and druggies.
  • by Keith Location: Ozark, AL on Jul 26, 2010 at 01:31 PM
    1% of the gross income to charity? What is the percentage of the NET income(income after expenses)going to charity? No organization makes donations before it pays its bills.
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