Sands shareholder challenging Pennsylvania’s ban on casino industry political giving Peter Hall and Steve Esack, The Morning Call · December 1, 2017 at 4:10 pm A political power broker and shareholder in the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, and the billionaire director of a Fayette County casino are suing to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on political contributions by people involved in the gambling industry. They say it unconstitutionally bars their participation in the political process by prohibiting direct and indirect contributions to elected officials’ campaigns and political action committees. It’s unclear what effect overturning the ban would have on Pennsylvania’s gambling industry. What’s clear is money talks in politics, largely by giving special interests greater access to elected officials than regular constituents enjoy. Pennsylvania’s gambling law carries the highest tax rates in the nation and, after a months-long legislative battle, recently was expanded to allow video gaming terminals in truck stops and online wagering. Mini-casinos and sports betting also may be in the offing.