Anti-gambling task force leader facing accusations

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - The new leader of Governor Bob Riley's anti-gambling task force is being accused of accepting campaign contributions from political action committees that are tied to gambling interests.

The Mobile Press-Register cites campaign documents showing that John Tyson, Jr. received over $100,000 from PACS that were directly related to gambling interests or supporters.

Tyson is denying the allegations. "I would say this about it too. So what?  The fact of the matter is the governor of the state of Alabama has asked me to help in what the governor describes is an epidemic problem," says Tyson. "As district attorney, I am happy to abide by the governor's request."

Tyson replaced former Jefferson County District Attorney David Barber on the task force after Barber resigned after admitted to winning a Mississippi casino jackpot.