Republican National Committee to
Consider Ban on Gambling Contributions

Casino Watch Newsletter, March, 1999

A resolution to ban all campaign contributions from the gambling industry to the Republican Party has been introduced to the Republican National Committee, Buddy Witherspoon, a Republican national committeeman from South Carolina has introduced the resolution as one member of 165 on the committee. Among those pushing the resolution are critics of gambling such as Rep, Frank Wolf, R-Va., and James Dobson of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission.

In a news release Dobson said, "leaders in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have shuttled off to Las Vegas and other gambling centers to pick up lucrative checks, I urge both parties to reject gambling money, and to put principle and conscience before financial gain."

Although the resolution was defeated, many realize that the issue will resurface again when Congress takes up campaign finance reform. Gambling opponents said the fact that the Republican Party is discussing a ban on money from casinos is significant.

The industry's financial presence in campaigns has increased over the past several years. From 1988 to 1998, gaming donations to the Republican Party totaled $7.2 million, with $3,2 million coming the last two years.

From The Las Vegas Review-Journal -1/21/99