State Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, received $40,000 from card-room owners Wednesday for his campaign for lieutenant governor: $12,000 from El Dorado Enterprises Inc., which operates the Hustler Casino in Gardena; $6,000 from Robert Carter of Vista, managing partner of the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens; $6,000 from Bicycle Casino co-owner Haig Kelegian of Newport Coast; and $6,000 from Daniel Dreger of Carlsbad, manager of the Ocean’s Eleven Casino in Oceanside, in which Kelegian is a partner as well. That’s atop at least $168,000 he’d already pulled down from card-room- and racetrack-related donors in 2008. Florez chairs the state Senate Governmental Organization Committee, which oversees gaming.
((UPDATE @ 4:00 FRIDAY: Just got some card-room licensing info from the state, so I thought I should clarify: Robert Carter is a partner in Carter LCP Partership Ltd., which is a shareholder in the Bicycle Casino; he and Daniel Dreger also are parnters in North County Gaming Inc., which shares Ocean’s Eleven Casino’s license. Haig Kelegian is listed as a managing general partner and shareholder of Bicycle, too; both a Haig Kelegian Sr. and a Haig Kelegian Jr. are listed as partners in Ocean’s 11 Casino Inc., which shares that casnio’s license with North County Gaming. El Dorado/Hustler Casino’s sole shareholder is Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt.))
Big money continues to roll in for the campaign against the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, Proposition 2 on this November’s ballot, which “requires that an enclosure or tether confining specified farm animals allow the animals for the majority of every day to fully extend their limbs or wings, lie down, stand up, and turn around.” Farm companies gave almost $566,000 on Tuesday: $216,287.50 from egg producer Gemperle Enterprises of Turlock; $185,006.10 from egg producer Demler Enterprises of Wasco; and $164,484 from livestock feed manufacturer J.S. West Milling Co. of Modesto.