Amusement machines

The N.C. Amusement Machines Association gave to the N.C. Legislative Black Caucus Foundation.

The lobbying organization, which represents video poker operators among others, gave a $3,000 donation in May of 2004 and spent another $800 on a display table at a caucus event, Andy Curliss reports.

But Fred Ayers, a Greensboro vending company owner, said he did not what the money was used for.

"They've supported us over the years and so we've supported them," he said.

Ayers said he did not know that some of the nonprofit's money went to college scholarships for relatives of five House members.

"That sure seems to be getting close to crossing a line," he told Dome. "What they do with the money — we don't know."

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