Obama Convention Offer Could Violate Minnesota Gambling Law

07/16/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Minnesota Monitor

Minnesota's top gambling official is wondering if a drawing announced on Barack Obama's website constitutes an illegal raffle -- but neither he, nor the Associated Press, notes that John McCain has done the same thing.

In Tuesday's Star Tribune, the AP reports that Tom Barrett, executive director of the state Gambling Control Board, has asked the Department of Public Safety to look into the legality of an Obama promotion whereby donors of $5 or more between now and July 31 will qualify to be one of 10 people flown to Denver for the Democratic National Convention, put up in a hotel (with a guest) for two nights and have a meet-and-greet with Obama. State law says only nonprofit charities can hold raffles.

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