Research Center

Stacking the Deck

The Gambling Industry's Political Spending in New York State


Our newest report details the extent of the gambling industry's efforts to influence public policy in New York State. It analyzes public campaign finance reports and lobbying records, revealing the top donors, recipients, and lobbyists involved in this contentious and lucrative endeavor.


From 2005 through June 2012, gambling and horseracing interests spent nearly $50 million in political money in New York State --over $40 million on lobbying and roughly $7.1 million in campaign contributions.


As of the first half of 2012, the gambling industry is on pace to spend more political money than in any prior year, with nearly $4 million spent on lobbying and over $700,000 in campaign contributions. Racino owners, Indian tribes, and national gambling corporations are gearing up for battle over seven casino licenses as the passage of a New York State constitutional amendment to permit full-scale gambling grows closer.




"Moreland Monday" Analysis: Gambling interests "stacking the deck" in favor of constitutional amendment (October 2013)


Stacking the Deck: The Gambling Industry's Political Spending in New York State (September 2012)


Press Release

Press Release: Gambling Industry Bets Big on NYS- 9-19-12

Press Release: Common Cause/NY Releases Gambling Deal "Winners" & "Losers" List- 6-21-13

In the News

New York Times: Gambling Industry Money Is Streaming Into Albany (9-19-12)

Capital Tonight: Common Cause’s Lerner on Gambling Lobby Report (9-19-12)

WNYC: Gambling Industry Pours Millions Into State Politics, Report Finds (9-19-12)

Gannett: Report: Gambling industry goes 'all in' for NY casinos (9-19-12)

Associated Press: Report: Gambling interests spend heavy in NY (9-19-12)

Post-Standard: Oneida Indian Nation spent the most in NY on gambling lobbying, political contributions, report says (9-19-12)

Post-Standard: Sen. Michael Nozzolio says he didn't accept contributions from Indian nations (9-20-12)

NY Daily News: Albany’s gambling profiteers (9-25-12)