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ICYMI: Sweepstakes industry corruption: How far does it go? What should be done? (Full Video)

If you weren’t able to attend NC Policy Watch’s Crucial Conversation with the Executive Director of Democracy North Carolina, that full program is now available online.

This week’s event featured watchdog Bob Hall discussing the large and potentially illegal campaign contributions from individuals affiliated with the controversial “sweepstakes” industry to some of North Carolina’s top elected officials.

Please watch and then share this special presentation as Hall discusses his findings, what Democracy NC is asking prosecutors to do, and the overall state of political corruption in North Carolina politics today.


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    August 27, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Luckily this has little to do with NC any more. Last I saw these businesses were banned in NC several years ago. I guess the politicians took the money and stuck it to the donors….they need to do that more often. One good target would be Big Solar that is buying a lot of politicians these days.

  2. Steve Harrison

    August 27, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    “Last I saw these businesses were banned in NC several years ago.”

    Apparently you went blind several years ago. I can get in my car right now and drive 30 minutes N/S/E/W and pull into the parking lot of a sweepstakes cafe. Every one of them pumping money out of the local economy and into a bank account of an out-of-state gambling software company.

    Seriously, do you just throw crap on every article published here? The only thing being “smacked down” is the intelligence average of commenters. How did it start? Was it somebody else’s idea, or did you wake up one morning and say, “I’ve got it! I’m going to be an Internet parasite!”

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    August 27, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Hmm, that is interesting as I used to be able to do that as well. They are all closed now and actually there is a lot of empty space where those used to be. You may want to call your local sheriff to let him know he needs to step up enforcement of the laws like is going on in the rest of NC. His counterparts across the state were the main lobbyists to get rid of the sweepstakes businesses by the way.

  4. Jack

    August 28, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Interesting LayintheSmakDown because I saw one in Raleigh just a few months ago.

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    August 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    One fell through the cracks I guess, you might want to tell Sheriff Harrison over there. I can count at least here in JoCo that have closed since I moved here several years ago. At least 2 up on 40 at 42.

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    August 28, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Or as I just found, you could check with Whiloughby. He is looking to prosecute sweepstakes owners in Wake… least he prosecutes someone as he totally dropped the ball with the Barber More-on Mondayers who were arrested. Guess he decided to finally do his job.

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