The last time we looked at this story, we were talking about connections between the gambling industry and people who pushed for Indiana’s crony capitalist nightmare of a vaping law. The FBI was also starting to question some of the people involved in the law’s passage.
Now an Indiana state representative who twice voted for the bizarre law has taken a job with the very security company that obtained a monopoly through its passage.Mulhaupt’s of Lafayette, IN, is in complete control of the e-liquid business in the state. Any manufacturer who wants to sell e-liquid in Indiana must be certified by Mulhaupt’s. They’ve only certified six, most of which have connections to other players in this story.
Alan Morrison, a Terre Haute Republican, told the Indianapolis Business Journal that he thinks there’s nothing wrong with this conflict at all. Nope, just no big deal.
“I sell residential and commercial-grade alarm systems,” Morrison told the IBJ. “I have nothing to do with e-liquids or the monitoring of them or anything like that. To say that I benefited would be more than a stretch.” The sales job is at General Alarm Co., a division of Mulhaupt’s.
He did admit to reporter Hayleigh Colombo that if there are future votes on the e-liquid regulations, or other laws that might affect Mulhaupt’s, he would recuse himself.
Rep. Morrison told the IBJ that he found out about the job from Kurt Wilson, executive vice president of Centaur Gaming, the powerful gambling business whose lobbyist also worked to encourage legislators to advance the e-liquid law. Wilson has connections to Doug Mulhaupt, owner of the security company.
According to the IBJ, Rep. Morrison also introduced two bills in 2015 that would have helped Centaur Gaming. “One would have allowed for sports betting at the state’s casinos, racinos and OTBs if it became legal under federal law, and another would have offered fantasy sports games at Centaur’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville,” wrote Hayleigh Colombo.
The cesspool of Indiana corruption is deep. By the time it’s drained, who knows how many bodies will be found at the bottom?