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Slots backers in Ohio give to Democratic group

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two companies that want to install slot machines at Ohio horse tracks gave a combined $200,000 to the Democratic Governors Association last quarter, half of it the day after Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said he'd work to resolve legal issues holding up the plan.

The Democratic group has run ads attacking Ohio Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich.

Campaign filings show that MTR Gaming Inc., which owns the Scioto Downs racetrack in Columbus, and Jacobs Entertainment Inc., each made $50,000 donations June 29, the day after a ballot issue challenging slots was dropped and Strickland said he'd ask a court to settle whether the machines are legal.

Both companies are tied to Cleveland developer Jeffrey Jacobs, a proponent of the video lottery terminals. A message seeking comment was left with Jacobs' Cleveland office.

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