In 2002 during his first successful run for Governor of the state of Alabama, Bob Riley, who has since become a hater of electronic bingo machines, received a $10,000 donation from a very fine fellow named William Cobb 'Chip' Hazelrig.
A short time later it was revealed that Mr. Hazelrig was a founding investor, in the year 2000, in a company has since gone on to build Casinos on Native American/First Nations Reserves in both the United States and Canada.
As a result, Mr. Riley returned Mr. Hazelrig's money.
In 2009 during his second successful run for Premier of the Province of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell and his Liberal Party of B.C. received a $50,000 donation from a very fine fellow named T. Richard Turner.
As we all now know Mr. Turner has been an investor, since 2003, in a company that has built Casinos on First Nations reserves in Alberta and, due to a very recent decision by the Campbell government, will soon be building a Casino on Crownland smack dab in the middle of downtown Lotusland.
Of course, as a result of the revelations regarding Mr. Turner's investments, Mr. Campbell and his Party returned Mr. Turner's donation.
Could it have anything to do with the fact that the puffed-up proPunditry 'round here told him he didn't have to?
Oh, and for the record, the company that the good Mr. Hazelrig and Mr. Turner both invested in is named, surprise!, Paragon.
Next up during Mile 15 of the Marathon.....The story of another, not completely 'unrelated', early investor in Paragon.....