Lawmakers who fought casinos receive gaming dollars

Two Democrats who led the fight against off-reservation casinos in Michigan have received more than $133,000 from gaming interests, The Detroit News reports.

Rep. John Conyers Jr., the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, whose district includes the commercial casinos in Detroit, successfully defeated the tribal casino bill earlier this year. Both received contributions from gaming interests that opposed the casinos.

Conyers received $88,899 from gaming interests in the current election cycle. He is now the fourth-biggest recipient of gaming dollars in the House.

Cheeks received $44,250 in the current election cycle. The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, which opposed the off-reservation casinos, donated $4,600.

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