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Video poker money went to NC speaker

A campaign-finance reform group has said that Jim Black, speaker of the house, received the most donations from the video-poker industry for the second consecutive election cycle. 

Black, a Democrat for Charlotte (NC), received $46,750 in donations from industry-related donors, including the $8,000 maximum from the industry's political action committee, according to Democracy North Carolina, which examined donations from the 2003-04 election cycle. 

Black also led the General Assembly in industry donations during the 2002 election cycle, taking in $121,000, Democracy North Carolina has said. 

The speaker, whose connections to video-poker interests were sought in October by a federal grand jury that subpoenaed documents from his office, has been the industry's strongest advocate for years. 

Overall, donations related to the industry totaled $216,798 to political committees during the 2004 cycle, including $56,600 from the N.C. Amusement Machine Association's political action committee.



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