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Title:Follow the Money: Gambling, Ethics, and Subpoenas
Author(s):Kindt, John Warren
Subject(s):United States
Abstract:Since the Watergate era, when investigative reporters were advised to "follow the money" to find the facts, this principle has been reaffirmed several times as the mechanism for the fourth estate to scourge crime and corruption from government, lobbying activities, and the political process (Bernstein and Woodward 1975, 35). ... In 1995 in Virginia, a state with only some charitable gambling and a recently enacted lottery, casino proponents hired 48 lobbyists who represented practically every lobbying firm in the state capital in an attempt to prohibit any antigambling lobbyists from competing. ... The unlimited amounts of money available to the gambling industry would also corrupt the governmental system according to Nat Helms, a former high-ranking member of the gambling industry's 1994 campaign that brought video gambling machines to Missouri. ... Under the dominant influence of legislation proposed and even drafted by the gambling interests, during the 1980s and 1990s states not only legalized gambling activities but also legislated special economic and liability protections for the gambling industry that were unavailable to other businesses. ... The AGA's chairman, Frank Fahrenkopf, in addressing gambling industry leaders, has constantly extolled the political clout of the "moral opponents" of gambling and linked the NCALG to the Christian Coalition in an effort to raise millions of dollars for the AGA (which has approximately a $ 4.6 million budget, compared to just over $ 100,000 for the NCALG). ... With Gambling Study on Table, Las Vegas Hedging Early.
Issue Date:1998-03
Publisher:The American Academy of Political and Social Science
Citation Info:John W. Kindt. "Follow the Money: Gambling, Ethics, and Subpoenas." 556 ANNALS OF THE AM. ACADEMY OF POLITICAL & SOC. SCI., 85-97 (1998).
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright (c) 1998 The American Academy of Political and Social Science
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-05-21

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