Tribes contributed $1.4M to politicians amid gaming fight in Texas

The WinStar World Casino and Resort, is located in Thackerville, Oklahoma, just a few miles from the Texas border. Photo from Facebook

Three tribes contributed more than $1.4 million to politicians in Texas in an attempt to influence the future of the gaming industry in the Lone Star State.

According to figures compiled by The Houston Chronicle, the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma donated $670,000 in the 2014 election cycle. That was the second-largest amount overall from casino interests, the paper said.

The tribe has a big interest in limiting the expansion of gaming in Texas. The tribe owns the Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a commercial racetrack, and relies on traffic from the state at the WinStar World Casino, just a few miles from the border.

The Choctaw Nation also has an interest in limiting competition. The tribe operates three casinos near the Oklahoma-Texas border and donated $286,000 in the last cycle, the Chronicle reported.

The Lucky Eagle Casino on the Kickapoo Reservation in Texas. Photo from Facebook

On the other hand, the Kickapoo Tribe wants to be able to expand its Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino in Eagle Pass. The facility offers only Class II games because the state refuses to negotiate a Class III gaming compact.

The tribe donated $450,000 in the 2014 cycle, the Chronicle reported. That was the second-largest amount among casino interests, the paper said.

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