Filings show Wyoming tribe funded anti-gambling campaign

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Reports show that the Northern Arapaho Tribe was the sole backer of an advocacy group that fought Wyoming legislation aimed at expanding gambling operations.

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The Laramie Boomerang reported Monday that fillings with the secretary of state's office show the tribe's casino has donated $80,500 to the Wyoming Public Policy Center since the end of 2018.

The documents list the co-chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business Council as the group's "association representative."

The council says in a statement that its members did not have knowledge of the group or funding.

It says that the tribe's long-time lawyer, Mark Howell, established the organization without authorization.

Howell says he briefed council members several times throughout the development and launch of the lobbying campaign.

The tribe earned $36 million in gambling revenues last year.