Alabama Attorney General At it Again !

Anti-gambling extremist and Alabama attorney general Luther Strange is at it again! Strange has been waging a war against bingo in the state for years and has caused untold damage to an industry that has created hundreds of jobs in impoverished areas. Last Friday authorities served a search warrant and seized 350n electronic bingo machines. In a statement Strange said “Today’s actions are the culmination of an investigative process over the last several months. From my first day in office, I have worked to ensure that … gambling laws are enforced consistently across the state.” Authorities also seized an undisclosed amount of cash.

Over at the popular blog Legal Schnauzer says that Strange and other Republicans loyal to former governor Riley have been soliciting contributions from the Poarch Creek band of Indians in return for attacking non-Indian gaming facilities. News reports say that Strange received a $100,000 contribution from the Poarch Creek Indians who have extensive gambling operations in the state. The contributions have gone to politicians who say they have a ‘moral objection’ to gambling in the state. Bill Britt, who broke the story about the contributions, has received threats from GOP officials.

The chief issue is the electronic bingo games at the non-Indian casinos. The state contends that the bingo machines are actually slot machines which are illegal for non-Indian casinos. Throughout Strange’s campaign against electronic bingo machines the Poarch Band of Creek Indians continue to offer electronic bingo putting non-Indian casinos at a disadvantage. Even worse Strange wants to make electronic bingo a felony punishable by up to a year in prison and a $6,000 fine.

In October the cozy relationship between Strange and the Poarch Creek band of Indians has drawn the attention of reporters. The Editor/Publisher of the Montgomery Independent Bob Martin has suggested that an investigation is needed. In the editorial Martin said “Some have suggested that Strange, in going after the non-Indian gambling houses in Alabama, is attempting to give the Poarch Creek Indian gambling operation the ability to further monopolize gaming in our state. Indeed, the Poarch Creek tribe laundered $100,000 to the Strange Campaign for Attorney General in 2010.” Times are bleak for bingo players in Alabama. Maybe they should switch to internet bingo.