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$2 million spent on Indiana gaming lobby

25 June 2007

INDIANA -- As reported by the Indianapolis Star: "Gambling interests spent big on lobbying this year, pouring nearly $2 million into efforts to persuade Indiana lawmakers to vote for slots at racetracks and other bills favoring the industry.

"Two of the biggest gambling companies, Hoosier Park and its parent company, Centaur Inc., together went through $537,000, nearly 19 percent of the total spent by those on the list of the top 10 organizations that lobbied this year's legislature.

"In all, lobbyists of all kinds spent more than $23 million, most of it on salaries, in the months leading up to and during this year's legislative session.

"That money -- spent from May 1, 2006, through April 30, 2007, according to reports lobbyists filed with the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission -- reflects the growing number of lobbyists who patrol the third floor of the Indiana Statehouse outside the House and Senate, and the intensity of the issues those lawmakers are debating..."

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