The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Monday, June 28, 2004
Transcontinental Indian electoral skullduggery?
Paging Bob Novak (January 13)!
Whilst the Republicans have the K Street Project, privatisation and allied machinations (May 20) as their what the French call pompe à finances, the Democrats  have the gaming Indians .
We've come across the Mashantucket Pequots of Connecticut before ; they have used the pure chance of the location of their lands (close to Megalopolis megabucks) to cream a king's ransom from gaming.
Now, I read in the Hartford Courant  (June 27) allegations that the Mashantucket Pequots are interfering in the election in - South Dakota:
Organizers of an Indian voter registration campaign say the influential Mashantuckets are blocking their fund-raising efforts, a contention the Pequots deny.
In particular, one Midwest Indian
blasted the Pequots for assuming that the Rapid City-based "Four Directions Committee" was merely a front for the Democrats. Speaking at a meeting at Mohegan Sun, he said the Pequots told Sodak Gaming Inc., a supplier of slot machines based in Rapid City, not to make a $100,000 donation to the campaign. The Pequots are one of Sodak's best customers.
The piece says that the Mashantucket Pequots have been big donors to both parties; but doesn't explain why they should want to stymie voter registration that would benefit Democrats (notably, Tom Daschle, of course).
Clearly, the allegation  opens the possibility that Indian gaming is perverting US politics on an altogether bigger scale than I had imagined.
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