How the Tribes got their compact through the legislature
Coins in the legislative Fountain by Belinda YU
American Indians donated $30,400 to the “Taxpayers for Perata” election committee and a staggering $784,400 to the “Rebuilding California” committee, a Perata-backed political action committee that supports the state’s multimillion-dollar infrastructure bonds.
Three of the five tribes that could stand to gain the most from the deals donated hundreds of thousands to the Perata campaign.
The Agua Caliente tribe of Palm Springs, which owns two casinos in Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs and has an ongoing deal for building a third, donated $11,200 to Perata’s re-election campaign and made a $100,000 contribution to “Rebuilding California” last September.
The Pechanga tribe, which owns one of California’s largest casinos on the Indian reservation in Temecula and has also inked a deal to expand their gaming operations, gave $16,000 to Perata’s campaign and $100,000 to Perata's committee.
The Morongo tribe of Riverside County owns a hotel and casino complex in Cabazon, near Palm Springs. The Morongo made a $5600 donation to Perata’s campaign and contributed $200,000 to Perata’s infrastructure committee.
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