- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana lawmakers are drawing scrutiny over fundraisers held at an Indianapolis gambling parlor and omissions of in-kind donations on their campaign finance reports.

An Indianapolis Star review (https://indy.st/1KNkVMe ) found that the Winner’s Circle betting facility has hosted more than 30 lawmaker fundraisers over the past two years but that the candidates failed to list any expenses or in-kind contributions for at least 20 of the events. In 10 other cases, lawmakers listed in-kind contributions of $500 to $1,100 from Centaur Gaming contract lobbyist Jim Purucker.

Indiana law bans campaign contributions and donations of food, drinks and event space from casinos. Purucker says he used his own funds.

Legal and campaign finance experts say the fundraisers are a gray area at best and illegal at worst. Lawmakers deny any wrongdoing.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, https://www.indystar.com


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