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Friday, January 06, 2006

Why is this no surprise?

See this post from Redstate (which relies heavily on this post from the archives of Michelle Malkin). The gist:

As the so-called "Abramoff scandal" becomes the media's cause du jour, Democrats are becoming quite fond of telling us that 65% of the money went to Republicans. One reasonable question is whether this indicates that Republicans are more corrupt than Democrats, or that Indian tribes adjust their giving according to who is in power. ...

In the 1996 election cycle, a Center for Responsive Politics report notes, Indian gaming interests gave over $1.5 million in soft money to national party committees. According to National Journal, six of the top 10 soft money donors among interest groups nationwide in 1999-2000 were Native American tribes. The No. 3-ranked Seminole Tribe of Florida donated $325,000, 85 percent of which went to the Democrats. After making the donations, the Seminoles gained approval for electronic gambling machines. The No. 5-ranked Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, operators of the gargantuan Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, donated $319,000, 83 percent to the Democrats.

But that's not the best part. There was one Republican on whom the tribes lavished great attention: Final tallies are not in yet, but analysts say the top individual recipient of Indian gaming money during election 2000 was none other than anti-soft money crusader Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who sits on the Senate Committee of Indian Affairs.

And now, in response to the Abramoff scandal, much tied in to Tribal contributions, Senator McCain has introduced a bill to regulate not just the Jack Abramoffs of the world, but “any attempt to influence the general public, or segments thereof, to engage in lobbying contacts whether or not those contacts were made on behalf of a client.”

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