Report: vendor money targeted Ohio lawmakers

CLEVELAND (AP) — A supplier for Ohio’s embattled Internet cafe industry apparently targeted state lawmakers with campaign contributions before a key vote.

The contributions were detailed Saturday by The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer ( based on information from Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty.

The lawmakers included three House members who joined a minority voting against a bill that would effectively ban Internet cafes.

Lawmakers reached by the paper said they were not certain why they were singled out. Most said they did not know without checking whether they had received contributions.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine calls the cafes illegal gambling operations and wants they shut down. The industry calls them legal.

There was no comment from the vendor, VS2 Worldwide Communications of Farmingdale, N.J., in response to an email query Saturday.


Information from: The Plain Dealer,

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