Casino Lobbyist Says Alabama State Senator Wanted $100,000 For His Vote
A major re-trial is underway in the state of Alabama, as federal prosecutors are probing bribes made to several Alabama legislators over their positions on electronic bingo casinos.
Country Crossing lobbyist Jennifer Pouncy recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in 2010 and is now testifying against a number of state senators in an attempt to get a lighter sentence. During her testimony before the court, Pouncy explained that former state senator Larry Means (D) wanted a whopping $100,000 for his vote:
Pouncy testified that Means told her on March 24, 2010, that he faced a tough opponent. “He asked me to find out if I could get $100,000 from my group,” she said. “It was my understanding he wanted the $100,000 in exchange for his vote,” she said. She said she checked with [fellow Country Crossing lobbyist Jarrod] Massey, and Massey said their group would provide it. She relayed the message to the 64-year-old senator, who then voted yes.