This is a statement emailed to WIS from Brett Blanks.
STATEMENT OF UNIVERSAL VENDING, INC. AND EAST COAST VENDING DIST., INC.
Universal Music, Inc. and East Coast Vending Distributors, Inc. have in no way engaged in conduct designed to entice or persuade any elected official to illegally advance their interests. The companies and their principals have participated in the political process by contributing to the campaigns of many elected officials as is the right of any South Carolinian.
The companies distribute amusement game machines as well as phone time dispensing machines similar to machines that have been declared legal by several judges throughout South Carolina. The legality of the phone time dispensing machines is buttressed by the fact that two pieces of legislation, H.4675 and S.1065, were both introduced during the last legislative session and would have foreclosed the arguments in favor of the legality of the machines. Neither bill passed. The companies do not presently participate in or operate internet sweepstakes cafes or any location intended solely for internet gambling.