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 $1,304,120
Poarch Band of Creek Indians $550,900
Station Casinos $532,700
Chickasaw Nation $521,624
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community $436,250
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians $411,810
Morongo Band of Mission Indians $407,625
Puyallup Tribe of Indians $384,008
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians $381,059
Gila River Indian Community $352,851
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation $297,540
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians $292,774
National Thoroughbred Racing Assn $280,750
Fertitta Entertainment $268,662
Oneida Indian Nation $266,800
MGM Resorts International $266,031
Bingo Player $263,462
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indians $261,500
Ak-Chin Indian Community $260,700
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma $247,977

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Contribution Trends, 1990-2016


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Top Lobbying Clients, 2016

Caesars Entertainment $1,278,011
Gila River Indian Community $690,000
Tohono O'Odham Nation $510,000
American Gaming Assn $340,000
Amaya Gaming $230,000

Lobbying Totals, 1998-2015


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Party Split, 1990-2016


Top Recipients, 2015-2016

Heck, Joe (R-NV)House $153,440
Clinton, Hillary (D) $137,844
Masto, Catherine Cortez (D-NV) $115,550
Roberson, Michael (R-NV) $110,150
Lee, Susie (D-NV) $99,650

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Data for the current election cycle were released by the Federal Election Commission on Monday, May 16, 2016

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