Ala. governor PAC receives money from Indian gaming interests
Montgomery, AL – - Gov. Bob Riley's political action
committee that is fighting private bingo casinos in Alabama has
received $10,000 from a lobbyist for Indians operating federally
protected bingo casinos in the state.
Steve Windom told The Associated Press on Thursday that the
governor asked him to contribute to the political action committee,
called GOV PAC, and that he gave $10,000. But he said the governor
did not say what the PAC would do with the money.
Riley's communications director, Jeff Emerson, said the governor
has known Windom, a former lieutenant governor, for a long time. He
said it's "ridiculous" to think the governor is doing anything to
help gambling interests.
The Huntsville Times reported earlier that the entire $138,000
raised by Riley's PAC this year went to an organization fighting
private electronic bingo casinos in Alabama. The Indian casinos
operate under federal law and have not been targeted by Riley's
task force on gambling.
Ethics Commission filings reviewed by AP show Windom represents
Azalea City Racing Club, which the Poarch Indians hold a majority