Ala. casino lobbyist testifies about 4 senators

File Photo: Jarrod Massey (Green tie)
File Photo: Jarrod Massey (Green tie)

Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A lobbyist who has pleaded guilty to bribery says he offered bribes to four senators to secure their votes for pro-gambling legislation.

Country Crossing casino lobbyist Jarrod Massey testified Monday about Jim Preuitt, Larry Means, Quinton Ross and Harri Anne Smith in Alabama's gambling corruption trial.

Massey said he worked with others to offer Preuitt campaign contributions, polling, and the use of country music stars. He said Means wanted $100,000 for his vote, and Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley approved paying that.

Massey said he donated $10,000 to Ross' campaign and promised more after his vote for the gambling bill.

He said Gilley provided him with $40,000 to donate to Smith's congressional campaign in 2008 after she dropped her opposition to his casino.

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