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Christian leader regrets ties to lobbyist

ATLANTA -- Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed says he regrets funding an anti- gambling campaign with money from casino owners who were clients of indicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Reed's ties to the lobbyist have become campaign fodder as he runs for lieutenant governor. Reed also angered religious groups when it was disclosed that his work was funded by tribes that were trying to stifle would-be competitors.

In a speech posted this week on Reed's campaign website, he said a lot of good came of his efforts against gambling. ''Nevertheless, had I known then what I know now, I would not have undertaken that work," he said.

Campaign manager Jared Thomas said Reed made the speech Dec. 9 before a Christian youth group in Alpharetta. Reed didn't mention Abramoff by name.

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