Category Archives: Corruption: “Pay to Prey”

Casino campaign groups are not what they seem

Everett United is a pro-casino group located in Everett, MA that paints itself as a grassroots organization, a group of citizens, that supports casinos. However, recent campaign filings show this “grassroots” group is funded largely by Steve Wynn, a casino …

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Casino owners create image of a “community partner” to insulate themselves from the harm they inflict on citizens

When it comes to buying good will from the community and luring voters to support casinos in their city, casino interests use a multitude of methods to make themselves appear as if they are some kind of local charitable foundation. …

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Through charitable donations, casinos attempt to buy the silence of community nonprofits

In their never-ending attempt to lure voters into believing that they are good for communities, casinos have begun to trot out charitable donations are evidence of their commitment to community. As usual, these claims are merely used to generate public …

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More and more “perks” added to try and trick MA citizens into supporting casinos

With a huge referendum vote coming in Massachusetts on casinos in November, casinos and their supporters are pushing harder than ever to trick citizens into supporting them. This article from the Concord Monitor explains the recent attempts by legislators in …

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Influence of gambling interests in IL grows due to lack of strong regulation

This study by the Common Cause details the growing influence  of gambling interests in Illinois. Illinois is one of the few states without a limit on campaign contributions, so deep-pocketed lobbyists and special-interest groups, especially the gambling industry, can use …

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PA’s failure to limit campaign contributions allows gambling interests to buy their way to legislative victory

This study by the Common Cause show the growing influence of money in Pennsylvania politics, especially from gambling interests, due to the state’s lack of limits on campaign contributions. Gambling interests with essentially limitless sums of money can thus buy …

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Report finds link between casino gambling and corruption in states

A report by two economists from the Pew Research Center surveyed political corruption before and after the legalization of casino gambling in states and found that corruption tends to rise when casino gambling is legalized and casinos begin to operate. …

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Gambling interests spend big bucks on NY lawmakers

According to a report by the Common Cause NY, gambling interests have spared no expense courting New York lawmakers, spending $20 million over the past 2 years on lobbying and campaign contributions for various offices, including almost a quarter a …

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Legalization of casino gambling leads to corruption

A new report is out showing that legalizing casino gambling in states results in higher rates of public corruption. Casinos help create a “culture of corruption” in states in which they are legalized, which harms the community as a whole. …

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Duty of care from the casino side

Though written from a gambling industry bias, Kelly and Igelman (2009) examine some of the intriguing cases involving “duty of care.” Perhaps with the exception of undisclosed out-of-court settlements, casinos and other gambling businesses have largely avoided the setting of …

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Ralph Nader on why casinos are the wrong direction for America

The nation’s most respected consumer advocate, Ralph Nader, speaks powerfully about why government’s experiment with casinos is a failure and why we need to stop it.

Behind an Army of Lobbyists, an Instant Force in Gambling

In this New York Times Article released in January of 2012, the author discusses the large lobbying presence of gambling interests and how those interests can affect legislation.  Genting Berhad, for example, is a well-known lobbying firm led by KT Lim …

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Corruption at Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

In a scathing 102-page report, a state grand jury in May 2011 slammed the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a patronage-filled, secretive agency that failed to safeguard the public by inadequately investigating casino operators and vendors, and succumbing to political …

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Predatory Gambling Has More of a History of Corruption Than Any Other Business

In the wake of the October 2010 indictments of four State Senators, Gary Palmer of the Alabama Policy Institute wrote about the historical connection between the legalization of gambling and government corruption. He quotes former U.S. Senator Paul Simon of …

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Alabama Gambling Bribery Scandal

In October of 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted eleven people in Alabama accused of involvement in a gambling vote-buying scandal. The Justice Department unveiled an indictment accusing the owners of two of Alabama’s largest casinos, four state senators …

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“Let Us Buy the Vote!”

The massive expansion of predatory gambling over the last twenty years came as the result of gambling interests spending hundreds of millions of dollars under the guise of “Let the People Vote.” What they really meant was “Let Us Buy …

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Casino Interests are the Most Powerful Political Force in America Today

Six out of ten of the top funders of political causes nationwide are casino interests, according to analysis of the 2007 and 2008 cycle by the Center for Responsive Politics  For more information about how much money gambling interests spend …

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