American Gaming Association Lobbies for Online Gambling In Washington

The American Gaming Association, which represents the commercial land casino industry in the United States, has announced that it spent $900,000 in the first half of this year to lobby the Federal Government.

The admission comes in the form of a disclosure document posted online by the Senate’s public records office and shows that the trade group lobbied on online gambling, tax legislation affecting casinos and other matters. In addition to Congress, the group lobbied the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

More than 50 companies and groups comprise the Association including major public companies such as Harrah’s Entertainment Inc, Bally Technologies Inc and MGM Mirage.

Under a Federal Law enacted in 1995, lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches and they must register with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.

What is not known is if the companies are for or against online gambling.