Gambling - Good for Missouri, or a Bad Bet?

September 15, 1998

Gambling Politics

  • "Two recipients of Griffin's $16 million demand from the casino are attorneys from Las Vegas who are best known for representing clients alleged to be involved in organized crime..."
    - St. Louis Post Dispatch 7/22/94
     
  • All 4 members of the St. Louis Election Board resign after it is learned that they have ties to casino companies, raising questions of conflicts of interest-should riverboat gambling be placed on the ballot. 
    - St. Louis Post Dispatch 2/15/94

  •  Gephardt has more than $121,895 from gambling contributions.
    - Southeast Missourian 4/3/95

  • The Missouri Democratic Party accepted $83,000 in money from gambling interests.
    - St. Louis Post Dispatch 11/1/96

  • Bob Dole's Las Vegas fund raiser netted him $478,000.
    - Springfield News-Leader 2/23/96

  •  The casinos hired the chief strategist for House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, paying her company $218,750 to help pass the 1994 referendum. Gephardt himself got a $50,000 donation for his PAC.
    - Springfield News-Leader 2/23/96

  • Over the past 5 years, the gambling industry has spent more than $100 million in contributions and lobbying to influence state governments.
    - Mother Jones July/August 1997
     
  • Senate leader Lott and Senators McConnell of KY & Frist of TN flew to Las Vegas on gambling mogul Steve Wynn's corporate jet.
    - Wall Street Journal 11/21/97

  • In the last presidential race, Mirage Casinos donated $286,500 in soft money.
    - Las Vegas Review Journal 9/14/97

  • Indian gambling tribes in N.M. spent $790.000 on lobbyists in Washington in 1996 and 1997.
    - Albuquerque Journal 7/20/98

  • A Missouri state senator whose committee has recommended lifting loss limits and boarding restrictions at casinos received $1,500 in political contributions from casino executives last fall.
    - St. Louis Post Dispatch 3/14/98 
     
  • Hilton executives resign over a $1,000,000 bribe of the Kansas City Port Authority. (The Port Authority official was convicted on bribery in another case, but faces no charges over the Hilton bribery.) Federal investigators had a very "indictable" case against the $11 billion company but Hilton was only fined $655.000 and required to teach their executives "ethics" in exchange for the government closing the investigation.
    - AP 8/12/98 & Las Vegas Journal Review 8/13/98

  • Casino interests donated $7 million to campaign war chests in 1995 and 1996. The industry has also spent $13.5 million on lobbying since January,1996. Since 1991, gambling interests have donated $13.7 million to the Democratic and Republican National Committees. In the 1996 presidential race, Wynn (Mirage Casino) personally raised more than a million dollars for Bob Dole's candidacy, only to later aid in raising money for President Clinton. Also underscoring the industry's pragmatic approach to campaign giving, the Democratic National Committee received $1.7 million from casino interests in 1996, while the Republican National Committee received $1 million.
    - New York Times 3/27/98

  • Executives at the Cabazon Indians' gambling casino were accused in a federal indictment of laundering thousands of dollars in illegal contributions to six Democratic candidates, including President Clinton.
    - Los Angeles Times 6/19/98