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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Was U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's vote bought by Indian tribe money.... from Indian tribes who were clients of lobbyist Jack Abramoff....?

Well, folks, here is a titillating tidbit about a Jack Abramoff-Harry Reid connection, with regard to pricey political donations to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), from Indian tribes not even in Reid's home state.

Ve-ry in-ter-est-ing.... considering the fact that Reid has been trying to make the Abramoff lobbying and lawbreaking trial and scandal a "Republican" scandal---when Reid knew he, himself, was already on the receiving end of many thousands of dollars from Indian tribes, shortly after they became clients of Abramoff. Sort of a turn the spotlight on somebody else to keep it off yourself thing....

Much of the motivation for Indian tribe donations was related to Indian gambling/gaming casinos. One tribe was trying to get approval to re-open a big gambling casino enterprise.

The U.S. Congress determines what can legally be done on Indian lands and legislation concerning Indian tribe(s) was pending in the U.S. Senate when Senator Reid received the donations. Reid voted in favor of the legislation sought by the Indian tribes, for whom Abramoff had been lobbying.

Always on the warpath and after Republicans' scalps, Senator Reid appears to now be up to his knees in Buffalo-pies. If he thinks we can't put two and two feathers together and come up with four for a headdress, he needs to either start soft-shoeing a new war dance or stop smoking the peyote....

Read about it below and here.
"Tribes gave to Reid after hiring Abramoff"

"Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada began receiving campaign contributions from at least four American Indian tribes only after they hired Jack Abramoff, Republicans charged this week in an effort to tie the Senate Democratic leader to the disgraced lobbyist.

On Thursday, Reid shrugged off questions about money he received from tribal clients of Abramoff, who pleaded guilty last month to three felonies after being accused of exchanging meals, travel and gifts for political favors....

The National Republican Senatorial Committee this week revived a charge that Reid received more than $50,000 from four tribes with gaming interests between 2001 and 2004 after they hired Abramoff. The Nevadan had received no money from those tribes before then, Republicans said.

The donations included:
• $19,500 from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of California.
• $5,000 from the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana.
• $7,000 from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
• $19,000 from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.

"Harry Reid's ties to Jack Abramoff are too substantial for him to dismiss with Washington, D.C., denial and hypocritical accusations," Republican spokesman Tucker Bounds said.

Reid has acknowledged receiving $61,000 from tribal clients and lobbying colleagues of Abramoff....

An analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics, a campaign watchdog group, shows that Indian gaming tribes as a general proposition increased their political donations substantially since the late 1990s, spreading money wider and deeper among members of Congress.

In the 1998 election cycle, tribes donated $1.5 million. In the 2004 cycle donations had increased to $7.2 million, the center found. Gaming tribes "didn't break $2 million until 2000, and then it started going up," said center spokesman Massie Ritsch...."

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