Rob McCord to limit role in 2nd Philly casino license

February 12, 2014 3:41:56 PM PST
Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord went to court to gain access to closed-door meetings of the state Gaming Control Board, but he says he won't participate in private discussions about a second Philadelphia casino.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Wednesday that McCord, a Democratic candidate for governor, received more than $57,000 in 2011 and 2012 from lawyers and lobbyists representing gambling interests.

Such contributions are legal but McCord said in a letter last month that he would recuse himself from executive sessions involving the Philadelphia license. McCord spokesman Gary Tuma says the move was intended to head off the perception of a conflict of interest.

McCord, one of three non-voting board members, sued the board in 2010 and won a court ruling that allowed him to participate in executive sessions.

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