[Marxism] American Indian money diverted into Israel sniper school!
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Wed Jan 4 10:51:29 MST 2006
Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
Native American Tribes Attempt to Recover After Being Defrauded of Tens of
Millions by Abramoff
Former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who served as chair of the
Senate Indian Affairs Committee that investigated the scandal, and Tigua
tribal governor Arturo Senclair, of one of the Indian tribes defrauded by
Abramoff, discuss the Native American tribes embroiled in the Abramoff
scandal. They hired Abramoff to represent them in Washington regarding
casino and gambling issues. As their lobbyist, Abramoff instructed the
tribes to make political donations to certain politicians and recommended
they hire former aide of Tom DeLay, Michael Scanlon, as their publicist.
Yesterday Abramoff admitted to defrauding four Indian tribe clients out of
millions of dollars. Those tribes include the Louisiana Coushatta, the
Mississippi Choctaws, the Saginaw Chippewas of Michigan and the Tigua of
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in Texas. The tribes hired Abramoff to represent them
in Washington regarding casino and gambling issues. As their lobbyist,
Abramoff instructed the tribes to make political donations to certain
politicians and recommended they hire a former aide of Tom DeLay named
Michael Scanlon as their publicist. Scanlon charged hugely inflated rates.
What Abramoff didn't tell the tribes was that Scanlon was secretly his
business partner and that in some cases Abramoff was also working for
groups with competing policy goals.
In all, Abramoff and Scanlon received more than $66 million in fees. Some
of this money was secretly diverted to a variety of Abramoff's personal
projects including an Orthodox Jewish academy and an Israeli sniper school.
Some money also went to pay off a personal debt.
In 2002, Abramoff and Scanlon quietly worked with conservative religious
activist Ralph Reed to persuade the state of Texas to shut down the Tigua
tribe's Standing Rock casino on the grounds that the casino violated Texas'
limited gambling laws. Abramoff then went to the Tiguas and promised to use
his influence to reopen the casino, charging the tribe $4.2 million.
Meanwhile, Abramoff and Scanlon collected millions of dollars from a
Louisiana tribe to oppose all gaming in the Texas Legislature. During the
2004 Senate Indian Affair Committee hearings, emails were made public in
which Abramoff referred to tribal members as "trogdolytes" and "morons". In
one email released by the Senate committee, Abramoff wrote to Scanlon, "I
have to meet with the monkeys from the Choctaw tribal counsel." Former
Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell was the chair of the Senate Indian Affairs
Committee in 2004 when it took up investigating Abramoff. He was also the
first Native American Senator in more than 60 years. Campbell wrote in a
statement at the time, "It is a story of greed run amuck. It is a story of
two already powerful, wealthy men lining their own pockets with the
hard-earned money of people whom they held in contempt and disregard."
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