- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Two casino companies have given five-figure checks to a West Virginia conservative political committee.

According to federal campaign finance records, Penn National Gaming donated $27,000 and Racing Corporation of West Virginia gave $20,000 in February to Grow WV Inc.

Penn National Gaming runs the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Racing Corporation of West Virginia owns the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Cross Lanes.

In the 2014 election cycle, those two companies and several other gaming interests donated $615,500 combined to West Virginia First, a political group that aided Democrats.

When Democrats lost control of the Legislature to Republicans after that election, West Virginia First donated $25,000 to Go West Virginia, a nonprofit that fuels Grow WV.

Grow WV spent $1.4 million to aid Republicans in the 2014 cycle.

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