The trade association that represents most of the major U.S. land gambling companies, the American Gaming Association invested just on $800 000 in political lobbying in the first quarter of 2008, reports Associated Press.
 
Prominent in the AGA's interests was online gambling, with indications that a move toward online gambling may be in progress, with a proposal for a federal study to examine the implications of licensing, regulating and taxing the Internet gambling business, and a separate proposal that would license companies that accept online bets.
 
The Association also lobbied on a measure intended to attract more tourists to the U.S., and rules governing the taxation of employee tips.
 
Congress and the Treasury Department were the main targets of lobbying efforts in the first three months of the year, according to a mandatory declaration form filed April 18 with the House clerk's office.