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 $26,250,208
Oneida Indian Nation $1,531,262
Hawaiian Gardens Casino $1,020,800
Chickasaw Nation $716,061
Station Casinos $706,439
Poarch Band of Creek Indians $643,665
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians $636,931
Puyallup Tribe of Indians $624,680
Gila River Indian Community $581,720
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community $556,368
Morongo Band of Mission Indians $502,525
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians $463,564
Ak-Chin Indian Community $420,700
MGM Resorts International $399,759
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation $397,740
Ho-Chunk Nation $385,420
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians $378,012
Bingo Player $367,532
National Thoroughbred Racing Assn $366,250
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation $331,400

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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) $244,512
Heck, Joe (R-NV)House $224,340
Cole, Tom (R-OK)House $142,400
Masto, Catherine Cortez (D-NV) $131,299
Lujan, Ben R (D-NM)House $116,800

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

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