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S.C. Sen. Jake Knotts (RINO-Lexington) has received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from gambling interests during the current election cycle – including money from key figures in the “Lexington Ring,” an illegal video poker operation that he has also been linked to along with numerous other local politicians.

In fact one analysis of Knotts’ campaign disclosure forms – provided by a source close to S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – alleges that he has received more than $34,000 from interests associated with gambling.

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FITS reported on some of these contributions in one of our early exclusive reports on the “Lexington Ring,” but we had no idea that Knotts was this deeply indebted to this industry.

(Full disclosure: this website supports expanded gaming options and opposes South Carolina’s government-run monopoly on gambling).

What does Knotts have to say for himself?

“I could take money from the devil and make it do God’s will,” KnottsĀ told WIS TV 10 (NBC – Columbia, S.C.), another outlet that has been aggressively pursuing this story.

The rotund “Republican in Name Only” also denied having any role in the “Lexington Ring.”