Report: Dann took contribution from company involved in litigation with State

John O'Brien Aug. 2, 2007, 3:53pm


COLUMBUS, Ohio - As Attorney General Marc Dann attempted to settle their lawsuit, a gaming company donated money from a fundraiser to Dann's campaign.

Castle King LLC apparently donated $7,750 in January to Dann, which is reflected in his campaign finance reports, The Associated Press revealed Thursday.

His office had appealed a decision that found the company's machines were skill-based (allowed in Ohio) and not chance-based (not allowed). Eventually, a settlement was reached, wherein Dann agreed that company supplied skill-based machines.

Later, the settlement fell apart as Dann accused the company of hiding information. In June, he called for more restrictions on the gaming industry.

"Literally millions of dollars are flowing through these machines unchecked and untaxed," Dann said. "I believe the time has come to impose strict regulations on this activity and I look forward to working with the Governor (Ted Strickland) and legislative leaders to craft a measure that satisfies the will of the people."

The AP report says Castle King executive Alfred DeLeon's brother Michael also donated almost $1,000 for food and drinks at the fundraiser.

Dann's side says it is an indication that the first-term Democrat's interests can't be bought, while state Republicans called him a hypocrite, the report says.

"This is from a guy who campaigned last year to root out corruption in state government and to eliminate the so-called corruption tax," said Kevin DeWine, deputy chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, in the report.

Dann has been in the news plenty during his first year in office, including a confrontation with a reporter that was caught on film. Dann is seen cursing the reporter.

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