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McCain Gambling Problem and Ties?

September 27, 2008

In a shocking expose, The New York Times delves into Senator McCain the gambler, and his spiderweb of ties to the industry.

In a room reserved for high-stakes gamblers at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, he tossed $100 chips around a hot craps table. When the marathon session ended around 2:30 a.m., the Arizona senator and his entourage emerged with thousands of dollars in winnings.

And this tidbit from Sid Rogich

But he has rarely wavered in his loyalty to Las Vegas, where he counts casino executives among his close friends and most prolific fund-raisers. “Beyond just his support for gaming, Nevada supports John McCain because he’s one of us, a Westerner at heart,” said Sig Rogich, a Nevada Republican kingmaker who raised nearly $2 million for Mr. McCain at an event at his home in June.

To illustrate this point, here’s a list I compiled of contributions to John McCain and the Republican National Committee from just the Wynn Resorts (and affiliated ventures) Employees and executives:

Contributor Date Amount Recipient
Early, Peter L 5/7/2008 $28,500 Republican National Cmte (R)
Schorr, Marc 5/7/2008 $28,500 Republican National Cmte (R)
Wynn, Elaine 5/7/2008 $28,500 Republican National Cmte (R)
Maddox, Matt 5/7/2008 $7,700 Republican National Cmte (R)
Peterson, Scott E 5/7/2008 $7,700 Republican National Cmte (R)
BUTLER, DE RUYTER O 5/2/2008 $3,000 Republican National Cmte (R)
Sinatra, Kimmarie 5/29/2008 $2,900 Republican National Cmte (R)
Wooden, Maurice L 5/7/2008 $2,700 Republican National Cmte (R)
EARLY, PETER L MR 4/28/2008 $2,300 McCain, John (R)
KRAMER, RONALD J MR 7/31/2008 $2,300 McCain, John (R)
MADDOX, MATT MR 5/9/2008 $2,300 McCain, John (R)
NADY, LAURIE B MRS 4/28/2008 $2,300 McCain, John (R)
OSELAND, ROBERT L MR II 5/9/2008 $2,300 McCain, John (R)
PETERSON, SCOTT E MR 5/9/2008 $2,300 McCain, John (R)
SCHORR, MARC D MR 5/2/2008 $2,300 McCain, John (R)
SINATRA, KIMMARIE MRS 5/31/2008 $2,300 McCain, John (R)
SINATRA, KIMMARIE MRS 5/31/2008 $2,300 McCain, John (R)
Thomas, Roger 5/7/2008 $2,300 Republican National Cmte (R)
THOMAS, ROGER MR 5/9/2008 $2,300 McCain, John (R)
WOODEN, MAURICE L MR 5/9/2008 $2,300 McCain, John (R)
WYNN, ELAINE MRS 4/30/2008 $2,300 McCain, John (R)
ALLISON, WESLEY MR 5/9/2008 $1,000 McCain, John (R)
SCHALL, JASON M MR 5/9/2008 $1,000 McCain, John (R)
TOUREK, KEVIN JAMES MR 5/9/2008 $1,000 McCain, John (R)
Oseland, Robert L II 5/7/2008 $200 Republican National Cmte (R)
$142,600

That’s a lot of money just from Wynn Resorts (and affiliated enterprises).

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