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Ala. Lobbyist Says He Never Talked To Senators About Bribe

Montgomery, AL – Alabama's gambling corruption trial has wrapped up its sixth week.

A casino lobbyist who pleaded guilty to bribery testified Friday about three present and former senators who are among the nine defendants.

Country Crossing casino lobbyist Jarrod Massey said another lobbyist told him that former Sen. Larry Means wanted $100,000 to vote for pro-gambling legislation. But Massey said he never talked to Means about the money.

Massey said he routed $23,000 to Sen. Harri Anne Smith's congressional campaign in 2008 by lining up donors to contribute money he paid them. Massey said the donations stemmed from her support of Country Crossing, but he never disclosed his role to Smith.

Massey said promises of campaign support were made to former Sen. Jim Preuitt for his vote, but none were delivered.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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