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Online Gambling Agencies Still Lobbying Governent

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:

  • Caesars Entertainment, which spent $886,000, up from $784,000 in the fourth quarter in 2011
  • TVG, which spent $160,000, up from $120,000 during the fourth quarter in 2011
  • PokerStars, which spent $150,000
  • MGM Resorts, which spent $150,000
  • Intralot, which spent $90,000
  • GTech, which spent $85,000
  • Bwin.Party, which spent $80,000
  • Churchill Downs, which spent $80,000
  • Penn National Gaming, which spent $70,000
  • UC Group, which spent $65,000
  • Boyd Gaming, which spent $60,000
  • IGT, which spent $50,000
  • Station Casinos, which spent $30,000
  • Bicycle Casino (Las Angeles), which spent $20,000

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.

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