MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Attorney General Troy King's opponent in the Republican primary has accused King of taking at least $190,000 in campaign contributions from gambling interests, including casino operators and slot machine manufacturers.
Strange said Thursday his campaign staff has researched records in the Alabama Secretary of State's office of contributions to King's campaign. Strange said the records show money from gambling interests getting to King's campaign through a series of transfers from one political action committee to another.
Strange said King has violated a pledge he made that he would return contributions if he knew they came from gambling interests.
A spokesman for King, Jonathan Gray, said King has not violated his pledge. He said Strange used records that show PACS writing checks to King, but in most cases the attorney general never accepted the money.
"The Strange report shows contributions that the campaign never accepted, rejected outright and returned as well as contributions which we returned and filed on our annual report," Gray said. "The Strange allegations, are not just strange - they are lies - provable lies intended to continue his campaign of smearing Troy King instead of talking about the issues."
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