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Monday, February 18, 2008
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Hey Slotsylvania: Look who's (still) lobbying now

Click on this image to access Pennsylvania's new lobbyist database.As I blogged yesterday, Pennsylvania has done its best to hide the 2007 lobbying expenses of gambling interests by lumping them into a database with all other lobbyists and special interests with no clear way to break them out separately.

After all, there is no better place to hide a tree than in a forest.

However, the powers-that-be in Slotsylvania forgot that the state Senate had a database of lobbyists which did breakout the lobbying expenses of gambling interests.

The list below represents 83 different gambling-related companies known to have spent a total of $16 million lobbying the 50 state senators between 2003 and 2006. I merely copied the names of the companies down, alphabetized the list and then eliminated all the duplication.

I then checked each name with the state's new lobbying expenditure database and hyperlinked the names I found there with the company's lobbying expense reports.

This list is by no means complete. For instance, I did not include any names listed in a short-lived executive branch lobbyist database, since the data contained there did not breakdown the reason why the companies were lobbying Gov. Ed Rendell's administration.

For now, it's not too bad for a do-it-yourself Slotsylvania lobbying guide and is probably the best list available to the public currently.

New gambling interests not recorded in the Senate's database but found/stumbled upon in the statewide one are denoted with an asterisk.

I will be adding a complete breakdown of the lobbying expenses I found later tonight. Watch for it.

UPDATE: To read my later blog post on the lobbying reports of gambling interests, click here. To see a chart of which gambling interests lobbied and how much they spent, click here.


Aztar Corporation
100% Purses, Inc., dba Freedom Park
Alliance Bally Gaming
American Casinos, Inc.
Ameristar Casinos, Inc.
Aztar Corporation
Bally Technology, Inc.
Balyasny Asset Management
Barden Nevada Gaming LLC
Bedford Downs Management Corporation
Berman DeValerio Pease Tabacco Burt & Pucillo
Betson Coin Op Distributing Co., Inc.
Blank Rome, LLP
Boyd Gaming Corporation
Bruce Hironimus
Callowhill Center Associates
Casino Free Philadelphia*
Centaur, Inc.
Champion Coin
Chance Enterprises
Charles J. Betters
Chester Downs and Marina, LLC
Community Education Partners
Cyberview Technology
Delaware Casino Development
Downs Racing, L.P.
Emerald Strategies, Inc.
FMC Corporation
Game Tech International
Gaming Laboratories International
Greenwood Racing Inc.
Harrah's Entertainment
Harrah's Operating Co., Inc.*
HSP Gaming
IGT / On-Line Entertainment
International Game Technology
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.
Janus - St. George, Ltd.
JCM American Corporation
Keystone Gaming Technologies, Inc.*
Las Vegas Sands, Inc.
MEC Pennsylvania Racing, Inc.
Mount Airy #1, LLC
MTR Gaming
Multimedia Games
Nemocolin Woodlands Resort & Spa
Oberthur Gaming Technologies
PA Amusement and Music Machine Association
PA Bowling Centers Association
PA Council of Churches
PA Family Institute
PA Family Council*
PA Federation of Fraternal and Social Organizations
PA Harness Horseman's Association
PA Horse Breeders Association
PA Horseman's Benevolent Protection Association
PA Sands, Venetian
PA Thoroughbred Horseman's Association
Palisades Park Project
Park Place / Caesars Entertainment
Parkside Gaming
Penn National Gaming, Inc.
Philadelphia Park Racetrack
Pinnacle Entertainment
Pittsburgh Palisades Park LLC
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pocono Raceway
Presque Isle Downs, Inc.
PTP Racing LLP
Resorts USA, Inc. now Bushkill Group
Riverwalk Casino, LP
Scientific Games International
Standardbred Breeders Association of PA
Standing Stone Gaming
Teach for America
The Mohegan Gaming Tribal Authority
Trump Entertainment and Resorts, Inc. (Now terminated)
Trump Hotels and Casinos Inc.
Valley View Downs LP
Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino
Vorum Stables, LLC
Washington Trotting Association, Inc. DBA Meadows Racetrack & Casino*
Western Pennsylvania Racing Associates
Winner International Corporation
WMS Gaming, Inc.
Wyandotte Nation

*New in 2007

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