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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ContributorAmount
Las Vegas Sands $1,304,653
Poarch Band of Creek Indians $550,900
Station Casinos $532,771
Chickasaw Nation $522,388
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community $438,950
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians $412,164
Morongo Band of Mission Indians $411,625
Puyallup Tribe of Indians $384,643
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians $383,959
Gila River Indian Community $352,851
Ak-Chin Indian Community $327,500
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians $326,199
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation $297,540
National Thoroughbred Racing Assn $280,750
MGM Resorts International $270,031
Oneida Indian Nation $269,500
Fertitta Entertainment $268,662
Bingo Player $264,767
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indians $261,500
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma $248,417

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Contribution Trends, 1990-2016

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Top Lobbying Clients, 2016

Client/ParentTotal
Caesars Entertainment $1,278,011
Gila River Indian Community $690,000
Tohono O'Odham Nation $590,000
American Gaming Assn $340,000
Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe $300,000

Lobbying Totals, 1998-2015

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Party Split, 1990-2016

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Top Recipients, 2015-2016

CandidateOfficeAmount
Heck, Joe (R-NV)House $153,440
Clinton, Hillary (D) $144,552
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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