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 subcategory of Indian gaming, which is federally regulated. [Read more Background]

Top Contributors, 2015-2016

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Las Vegas Sands $1,318,398
Oneida Indian Nation $1,064,001
Chickasaw Nation $650,455
Poarch Band of Creek Indians $640,665
Station Casinos $591,991
Gila River Indian Community $539,777
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community $490,550
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians $482,431
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians $459,864
Morongo Band of Mission Indians $451,425
Puyallup Tribe of Indians $419,159
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians $405,805
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation $378,040
Ak-Chin Indian Community $347,700
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation $338,900
Bingo Player $333,307
National Thoroughbred Racing Assn $319,750
MGM Resorts International $319,269
Seneca Nation of Indians $281,450
Fertitta Entertainment $278,202

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Contribution Trends, 1990-2016


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Top Lobbying Clients, 2016

Caesars Entertainment $2,391,845
Gila River Indian Community $1,210,000
Tohono O'Odham Nation $1,180,000
American Gaming Assn $680,000
Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe $600,000

Lobbying Totals, 1998-2015


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Party Split, 1990-2016


Top Recipients, 2015-2016

Clinton, Hillary (D) $175,874
Heck, Joe (R-NV)House $153,440
Masto, Catherine Cortez (D-NV) $138,690
Cole, Tom (R-OK)House $113,900
Hall, Isadore (D-CA) $112,900

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Data for the current election cycle were released by the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, July 21, 2016

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