ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Strip-mall parlors with slot-like computer games such as those targeted in a state racketeering and conspiracy investigation have given about $100,000 in political contributions to local candidates over the past four years in Florida.
The contributions include money to a sheriff whose agency was a part of the probe.
An Associated Press review of campaign records shows nearly 90 local officials and candidates in 20 Florida counties received political contributions from the gaming parlors, their owners and their political committees.
Statewide, more than $1 million from the parlors has been contributed to state officials and candidates by companies with ties to Allied Veterans of the World.
State investigators say Allied Veterans was a purported veterans' charity that actually was a front for a $300 million gambling operation.