The Obama Justice Department, staffed by leftovers from the Bush administration, swooped in this morning and arrested casino owners, Alabama state legislators and lobbyists in what is being billed as a federal political corruption investigation but looks more like political prosecutions designed to taint the upcoming Nov. 2 election.
VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor and state Sen. Harri Anne Smith of Solcomb were arrested Monday morning and charged with conspiracy for allegedly taking campaign bribes to promote pro-gambling legislation, according to WKRG.
Other names listed on the federal indictment include Country Crossing owner Ronald Gilley and state Senators Larry Means, Quinton Ross and James Preuitt, lobbyists Thomas Croker, Robert Geddie and Jarrod Massey, Jarreel Walker Jr. and Joseph Crosby.
A federal grand jury in Montgomery has been investigating whether political corruption or vote buying was involved in an unsuccessful effort to pass legislation to legalize bingo and casinos in Alabama.
The Department of Justice held a press conference at 10 a.m. CDT in Washington, D.C.
Agricultural Commissioner Ron Sparks, the Democratic Party’s nominee for governor, reacted to the news in a press release.
“These are accusations, not convictions,” Sparks said. “And just because these indictments have been handed down does not mean that gaming is going away.”
“That is why I have been so relentless since day one that we must strongly regulate and tax gaming,” Sparks said. “If we had a plan to regulate gaming 7 ½ years ago, these kind of things would not be happening today.
“Anyone who loves democracy and freedom should be concerned with the timing of these indictments,” he said. “Waiting to announce indictments after the election would have had no impact on the cause of justice. The timing of this, regardless of how you feel about it, is suspicious and must be questioned.”
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