Earlier, we exclusively reported private bingo hall and communication gaming centre interests appear to have contributed more than a quarter million dollars to the provincial Liberals between 2002 and 2007. But, when asked about those donations last night on Voice of BC, Premier Gordon Campbell said, "I can tell you gaming corporations do not contribute to the party. We send them back. Individuals - it's up to individuals what they do." Just two percent of the industry's donations came from companies publicly-identified as bingo hall service providers. The rest came from industry-connected individuals or other companies whose president is a current or former gaming facility owner/operator. Those individuals have offered a range of explanations for why they didn't donate through their service provider.
December 5, 2008