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Gambling interests spending big in Albany: report

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A new report says gambling interests spent nearly $50 million on lobbying and campaign contributions in Albany since 2005 and that the flow is accelerating as New York considers the expansion of casino gambling. The advocacy group Common Cause, which favors public campaign financing, says it tallied $40 million worth of lobbying by gambling interests from 2005 through June 2012 and $7.1 million in campaign contributions. The biggest spenders were New York’s “racinos,” which are ...


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