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WVTM 13 Investigate Influence of Poarch Creek Lottery Lobbying

Some lawmakers received over $100,000



SWAY ARE WE TALKING? JON: THE PORCH CREEK INDIANS HAVE MADE OVER $5 MILLION IN CAMPAIGN DONATIONS. WE COLLECTED THIS MONEY FROM SPECIFIC DECISION MAKERS AND HERE’S WHAT WE DISCOVERED. WHEN THE MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT EXCEEDED $1 BILLION, WE EXAMINED WHY ALABAMA IS JUST A LOTTERY-FREE EASTERN STATE. JIM MCLENDON SAID IT’S NOT FOR LACK OF TRYING. HE CLAIMS SPECIFIC INTEREST GROUPS, SPECIFICALLY THE PORCH CREEK INDIANS HAVE BEEN BLOCKED >> I THINK IT IS USEFUL TO LOOK INTO THE STATES SECRETARY’S WEBSITE AND SEE WHAT KIND OF CONTRIBUTIONS ARE MADE FROM THESE GAME INTERESTS. >> SO WE DID IT. WE’VE SPENT DAYS DISCOVERING HUNDREDS OF CAMPAIGN RECORDS. WE HAVE DISCOVERED OVER THE PAST DECADES, THE TRIBE HAS GIVEN $1 MILLION TO STATE LEGISLATIVES. WHEN WE CONTACTED THE GROUP, THEIR SPOKESPERSON SAID THE TRIBE IS PARTICIPATING IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS AS AUTHORIZED. THE GREAT MAJORITY SUPPORTS A COMPLETE GAMEPLAN. STATE LEGISLATORS MUST DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. A SIMPLE LOTTERY TICKET WILL NOT MEET OUR NEEDS. ERICA COLEMAN HAS SERVED IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR 20 YEARS. >> DOES THIS NUMBER SURPRISE YOU THAT MANY LEGISLATIVES HAVE RECEIVED MONEY? >> IT DOESN’T SURPRISE ME BECAUSE MOST SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS WILL TRY TO GIVE A CAMPAIGN DONATION TO MOST LEGISLATURE >> COLEMAN HERSELF RECEIVED $5,000 FROM THE GROUP THIS YEAR. MERICKA COLEMAN’S FOR ME CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION DOES NOT INFLUENCE ANY VOTE >> RECIPIENTS TOM WATLEY, REP ALBRITTON AND AIINSWORTH. THE STRIKE IS A MAJOR ECONOMIC DRIVER IN ITS DISTRICT. >> THEY’RE A BIG ENTITY THERE. AND THEY’RE ALL IN MY — IN MY COUNTY THAT I REPRESENT. AND I AM PROUD TO REPRESENT THEM. >> HE BELIEVES SPECIAL INTERESTS ACROSS ALABAMA AND BEYOND THE STATES HAVE PLAYED A ROLE IN OUR LOTTERY FAILURES. >> AS PECK TO BLAME PCI FOR NOT HAVING A LOTTERY IS A WRONG DIRECTION. >> UNTIL ENOUGH LEGISLATIVE POINTS IN THE SAME DIRECTION, ALABAMA DOLLARS WILL CONTINUE TO LEAVE THE STATE. JON: WE CONTACTED TOM WATL

WVTM 13 Investigate Influence of Poarch Creek Lottery Lobbying

Some lawmakers received over $100,000

Our research shows that two-thirds of the Alabama legislature, more than 100 legislators, received campaign money from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. A veteran lawmaker told WVTM 13 that vested gambling interests are preventing lottery legislation from passing in Montgomery. Learn more in the video above.

Our research shows that two-thirds of the Alabama legislature, more than 100 legislators, received campaign money from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. A veteran lawmaker told WVTM 13 that vested gambling interests are preventing lottery legislation from passing in Montgomery. Learn more in the video above.

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