AP Reports Gov Holcomb Received Contributions From Casino CEO

INDIANAPOLIS  — The Indianapolis Star reports that the CEO of a casino owner treated Gov. Eric Holcomb to two private jet flights last year and made big donations to Holcomb’s largest 2016 campaign donor while he was pushing for changes to Indiana law that would benefit his business.

The Associated Press says that Spectacle Entertainment’s CEO and chairman, Rod Ratcliff, flew Holcomb to Colorado and Arizona meetings hosted by the Republican Governors Association.

Holcomb’s campaign treasurer called the flights “perfectly legal and customary.”

Those chartered flights were part of the $500,000 Ratcliff and his companies contributed last year to the Republican Governors Association, which largely funded Holcomb’s 2016 campaign.

The flights gave Ratcliff and his business partners exclusive access to Holcomb, who will have final say over their plans to move two Gary casinos to more lucrative locations.