Gambling interests have contributed a cominbed $3.2 million to political candidates and committees since 2011, an analysis from Common Cause released this morning found.

The report shows the political campaign committees for the Assembly Democrats and Senate Republicans were the top recipients of the gambling interests largesse, receiving $414,750 and $403,750 respectively.

Third on the list was the gubernatorial campaign of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who first pushed for the amendment to expand casino gambling in New York beyond American Indian tribes in 2012. He has received $361,500 from the gambling industry since 2011, the report found.

Also on the list are the lawmakers who lead the legislative committes on racing and wagering, Sen. John Bonacic ($84,836) and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow ($64,659).

The top benefactors include the New York Gaming Association, a consortium that has contributed $543,051. The Seneca Nation, which inked a revenue sharing and exclusivity contract with the state this year, contributed $525,650.

The money from casino and gambling interests is coming to the forefront as a new political action committee of business leaders, unions and politicians begins a push for the casino amendment. The committee, New York Jobs Now, is registered as a ballot referendum committee that can raise unlimited amounts of cash.

Language that would have prohibited gaming companies seeking to build casinos in the state from contributing to political campaigns and candidates was removed this year from the enabling legislation approved this year by the Legislature. Officials said the language was constitutionally questionable.

“New York’s lax campaign finance laws make it possible for high rollers, like the gambling industry, to dictate public policy. The problem is that the rules of the game are stacked against average voters and the house always wins. We need campaign finance reform now to ensure that politicians are accountable to the people, not the highest pay-out,” said Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY.

If voters next month approve the amendment, four casinos would be built in the first wave of construction. The casinos would be restricted to three regions: The Catskills, the Albany area and the Southern Tier.

Here’s a chart for reference:

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