Task force leader sought McGregor donation

The commander of the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling said he sought campaign contributions from VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor in the 2006 race for attorney general because McGregor is a major player in Alabama politics.

Task force Commander John Tyson now says he received $100,000 in donations from McGregor. McGregor says Tyson sought $150,000 for his unsuccessful campaign.

Tyson told reporters last week that he was unaware of any gambling donations to his campaign. He said Tuesday that comment was referring only to donations from Indian gambling interests. He acknowledges now that he may have received some Creek Indian
donations through political action committees operated by Montgomery lobbyist John Teague.

The Poarch Creek Indians operate three casinos in Alabama.

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