It's sad. It's really sad. The speaker of the House of
Representatives went to jail for accepting bribes. Several members
of the Legislature were indicted and have confessed to their
crimes, caught as a result of a long FBI investigation. That is
what's happening to our neighbors in Kentucky.
The Bowling Green, Ky., Daily News carried an AP article (Sept.
23, 1992) that read: "Federal investigators have claimed their
eighth successful catch in the Boptrot (legalized gambling) net of
Kentucky government corruption but still indicate there is a long
way to go. Buel Guy, the former chief aide to House Speaker Don
Blandford, pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to federal
investigators. . . ."
Since then, the House speaker was caught and convicted.
It's the old, old story of more political corruption associated
with legalized gambling. Because of it, confidence in Kentucky
state government took a nose-dive.
While that gambling political corruption had to do with horse
racing, the former U.S. attorney for the Eastern district of
Missouri, Thomas E. Dittmeier, helps us understand this ongoing
political corruption problem with casino gambling. In a
Post-Dispatch article on May 6, 1990, he was quoted as saying:
"The political framework in which casinos operate provides a
fertile ground for public corruption. The governing authorities are
charged with providing regulations and control but are pressured to
make accommodations to the casino industry in order to obtain the
desired tourist dollars and economic growth. Casino profits are
dependent on favorable legislation and licensing decisions that can
be influenced through `complementaries' and bribes."
And so it is happening.
When in St. Louis recently, Attorney General Frank Kelly of
Michigan was asked about casino gambling's connection with
political corruption. He said the problem was awful and cited a
dozen quick examples.
With more legalized gambling in Missouri, expect more political
It has already begun.
Post-Dispatch reporting has done a good job to warn us. Almost
daily, for a time, we would read of questionable and suspicious
connections between St. Louis and Missouri politicians and the
It was revealed, for example, that all four members of the St.
Louis Election Commission had personal family connections with the
casinos. Had they not been exposed - and only then did the governor
pressure them to resign - they would have been the official vote
counters the night of April 5. …