LITTLE ROCK, AR - A campaign-finance report shows Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who has said he's worried that a proposed state-run lottery could produce slot-machine style games to Arkansas, accepted $1,000 from a Mississippi casino last year. According to the report released yesterday, McDaniel's political action committee accepted $1,000 in November from the Isle of Capri casino in Lula, Mississippi.
Gabe Holstrom, a spokesman for McDaniel's office, said it was a legal contribution that followed all the rules that are required in the state of Arkansas and there was no reason to reject it. The contribution was among $7,500 raised by the McDaniel Leadership PAC, which was formed last year to help the attorney general raise money for other candidates. The committee did not spend any money during the last three months of the year and reported $28,900 in cash on hand.
McDaniel has not said whether he supports a lottery amendment proposed by Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter, a fellow Democrat. Halter has been gathering signatures to try and place the proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot. It would create a lottery to fund college scholarships. McDaniel said in November that he was worried that Halter's proposal does not place more limitations on the definition of a lottery and could allow for the introduction of video lottery terminals similar to slot machines.