LAS VEGAS (AP) - Casino companies are largely backing Republican
John McCain in the presidential election, though Democrat Barack Obama has some support within the gambling industry.
The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks presidential fundraising, says individuals with ties to casinos have donated more than $260,000 to McCain's campaign through September. The group says Obama's campaign has received about $133,000 from similar individuals.
But the group says top executives in the industry have each brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars for the campaign through fundraising. MGM Mirage Inc. chief executive Terry Lanni has collected at least $500,000 for McCain. Wynn Resorts Ltd. chief executive Steve Wynn has raised between $250,000 and $500,000 for the Arizona senator.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com
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