Alabama candidates for governor spar over gambling

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Democrat Ron Sparks says his opponent for governor, Republican Robert Bentley, is not telling the truth when he says he hasn't received campaign contributions from gambling interests.

Sparks cites $5,000 Bentley received from a political action committee started by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. That PAC has received a small part of its money from two casino operators and a gambling machine manufacturer. Sparks on Wednesday also cited $20,000 that Bentley got from Tuscaloosa businessman Paul Bryant Jr., who has long been involved in the dog racing business.

Bentley says he hasn't solicited or received contributions from the gaming industry. He says Barbour's PAC gave him money because Barbour supports other southern Republican governors. He says Bryant is a family friend who is no longer involved in Alabama's Greenetrack.

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


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