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Horse-Racing Gives $225k to Blagojevich Campaign

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Gov. Rod Blagojevich (UPI photo)

By AP/KWMU

Chicago, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has accepted nearly $225,000 in donations from the horse-racing industry. That's despite a survey Blagojevich signed two years ago indicating he wouldn't take money from gambling interests.

Blagojevich told the Chicago Sun-Times the pledge he signed was broader than he intended and was an oversight.

The governor answered 'no' to the question: "Will you accept campaign contributions from gambling interests?"

He says he views horse-racing as a different kind of industry than casinos; the governor has not accepted any money directly from casinos that do business in Illinois.

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