By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CONCORD – A Las Vegas company is betting big that it can persuade New Hampshire lawmakers to allow it to bring thousands of video slot machines to the state.
An affiliate of Millennium Gaming has spent more than $140,000 in the last 18 months on work by a prominent Concord lobbying firm, according to a published report. Other lobbyists also have been working for the effort.
The New Hampshire Senate voted, 16-8, this month to support the slots plan, which calls for the machines at horse and dog tracks and at two locations in the northern part of the state.
The House has opposed gambling for a long time and doesn't appear moved by supporters' promises that the slots would generate $205 million in state revenues in the next two years.
This article appeared in the Manchester Union Leader on 6/15/09. The money being thrown around to purchase politicians if finaly starting to draw attention. Most people lobbying for this comapany are republicans; but, they are buying democrats in the senate.