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Various gambling firms are having an active interest in getting the act legalized in the United States, as many of the top companies in the industry have spent heavily in lobbying politicians a government report shows.
First quarter money spent by gambling firms included:
Industry organizations also upped its lobbying amounts, with the American Gaming Association spending $602,000, while the Poker Players Alliance paid $315,000. The Interactive Gaming Council spent $210,000 on lobbying.