New York's racinos spread the love around
Political contributions from the state's nine racinos were spread around the state and across party lines
The New York Gaming Association, which represents the racinos, spent more than $172,000 on political contributions in the last six months, including more than $7,000 to Capital Region state legislators, according to the July 2013 campaign finance filing with the state Board of Elections.
A full list of local recipients and a full list of expenditures by NYGA are available below.
Contributions in the Capital Region appear to follow a formula, with members of the Assembly receiving between $250 and $500 and members of the state Senate getting about $1,000. Democratic Assembly members Phil Steck, D-Colonie, Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, John McDonald, D-Cohoes, and Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, didn't receive money from NYGA.
Major recipients of money from NYGA tend to be political players, like party leaders, or be connected to gambling, like with a legislation district near or a racino or serve on a gaming committee in the state Legislature.
Funding for NYGA's political contributions comes from its members, including $13,545 from the Saratoga Casino & Raceway's Saratoga Gaming Resources LLC.
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