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AP Says Riley PAC Got $10K From Indian Casino Lobbyist

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.

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 interest in.

Riley's spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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