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The real money in the Kentucky Derby isn't in the purse or the pari-mutuel, but in the politics. Horse-focused PACs like the American Horse Council, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and horse breeders and owners have contributed more than $8.7 million to political candidates and parties since 1989 and spent $2.2 million more lobbying. And some of the top donors to these organizations are mega-donors in their own right, having contributed millions more to politicians, parties, PACs and super PACs.
Kentucky Derby: Owners put money on politicians, not ponies. By Bill Allison May 03 2012 3:10 p.m.. Horse race at Churchill Downs. The real money in the Kentucky Derby isn't in the purse or the pa...
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