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 $1,238,620
Station Casinos $590,500
Chickasaw Nation $467,424
Poarch Band of Creek Indians $443,300
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community $352,550
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians $325,010
Gila River Indian Community $297,721
Puyallup Tribe of Indians $296,482
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians $292,774
Morongo Band of Mission Indians $291,225
Bingo Player $265,921
Ak-Chin Indian Community $258,000
Fertitta Entertainment $257,362
National Thoroughbred Racing Assn $255,750
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation $223,240
MGM Resorts International $217,695
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians $216,359
Seneca Nation of Indians $202,200
Oneida Indian Nation $183,400
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe $170,100

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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

Clinton, Hillary (D) $132,844
Heck, Joe (R-NV)House $131,204
Lee, Susie (D-NV) $99,650
Roberson, Michael (R-NV) $99,250
Cole, Tom (R-OK)House $92,500

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

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