Client: Illinois Casino Gaming Association
Legislation to regulate daily fantasy sports betting in Illinois was pulled from the table Sunday after the bill became tainted in vote-buying allegations on behalf of fantasy sports lobbyists:
“Democratic Rep. Rita Mayfield had said she became privy to an email in which a lobbyist working for FanDuel and DraftKings suggested he could get support from members of the House Legislative Black Caucus in exchange for contributions to their foundations. Mayfield made the allegation during a hearing on the bill and said she didn’t feel comfortable voting on the proposal.
“The email basically alleged that in exchange for considerations, donations, that he could guarantee votes. That’s illegal,” she said.
During the hearing, Mayfield didn’t elaborate on the contents of the email and didn’t say who it was sent to or who showed it to her. She has declined to speak to The Associated Press about it.”
ESPN, “Illinois DFS betting bill put on hold amid allegations,” May 29, 2016