Although many gaming regulations are made at the state and local level, the federal-level influence of the casinos/gambling industry has grown through both campaign donations and lobbying efforts.

Much of the motivation for this increased spending is the desire to minimize federal regulations that will impede the industry's growth on a national scale. Influencing legislation attempting to stem the rise of Internet gambling is also a factor. The casinos/gambling industry includes a sub-category of Indian gaming, which is federally regulated. [Read more Background]

Top Contributors, 2013-2014

Las Vegas Sands  $6,454,118
Chickasaw Nation  $749,475
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community  $668,000
Poarch Band of Creek Indians  $630,256
Gila River Indian Community  $626,375
Oneida Indian Nation  $618,900
Puyallup Tribe of Indians  $606,983
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians  $566,780
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians  $518,240
Morongo Band of Mission Indians  $470,718
Ak-Chin Indian Community  $407,700
MGM Resorts International  $405,312
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians  $398,750
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma  $393,682
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indians  $367,800
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation  $363,060
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation  $320,900
Lytton Rancheria of California  $319,900
National Thoroughbred Racing Assn  $319,300
Barona Band of Mission Indians  $310,651
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Contribution Trends, 1990-2014


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Top Lobbying Clients, 2014

Gila River Indian Community $3,650,000
Caesars Entertainment $2,836,940
American Gaming Assn $1,670,885
Tohono O'Odham Nation $1,620,000
Las Vegas Sands $1,090,000

Lobbying Totals, 1998-2014


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Party Split, 1990-2014


Top Recipients, 2013-2014

Heck, Joe (R-NV)House $165,190
Cole, Tom (R-OK)House $158,025
Begich, Mark (D-AK)Senate $140,150
Denham, Jeff (R-CA)House $115,100
Reid, Harry (D-NV)Senate $113,600

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Data for the current election cycle were released by the Federal Election Commission on Monday, February 02, 2015

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