Gambling Industry Expected to Donate Over $50 Million to Election

A little money can definitely help get your message across.  The gambling industry across the United States is reportedly donating over $50 million to the current election campaign in hopes of garnering support for their bids to legalize poker, gambling, and in the long run online gaming in general no matter which side wins the election.

According to reports out of the Las Vegas Sun the bulk of the donated money is actually being used to help support state candidates get into congress rather than the main presidential battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.  Gambling analyst Robert LaFleur says gambling is a state issue and as a result it makes sense that the bulk of the funding is being used to support the state candidates who will directly champion the fight for legalized gambling.

In the state of Nevada which has recently allowed the legalization of online poker sites the battle for the senate seat is a close race, as both Republican Dean Heller and Democrat Shelley Berkeley have strong monetary policies that have gathered support from many voters across the state.  But the swing votes may be the deciding factor and the ballot issue may come down to who is doing more to support online poker legalization.

Political science professor Mark Peplowski says the over $50 million donations is the casinos’ way of covering the spread in a manner similar to sports betting.  No matter which candidate wins the casinos have a cause to promote more business at their venues and having a state senator onside with their practice is a definite win in the casino books.

“The casinos usually cover both sides of the ticket, just to make sure.”

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