The Democrats face an uphill battle reclaiming the House of Representatives, but Congressman Dale Kildee, a Democrat from Flint who may run for Sen. Carl Levin’s Senatorial seat, has led the efforts among freshman Democrats.
Just as the fundraising campaign kicked into high gear, Congressman Dale Kidlee joined Akin Gump as a senior consultant in its American Indian law and policy practice and Ietan Consulting, as an adviser. Both firms represent a number of wealthy tribes, including the Osage Nation, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the Gila River Indian Tribe, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Indians, which politicians have tapped for fundraising given their ability to generate virtually unlimited sums of money for elections. Typically wealthy tribes invest hundreds of thousands of dollars into campaigns and candidates per election cycle.
The elder Kildee is considered a valuable resource in Indian Country which he has established influence during President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty which helped fictitious Indians take over tribes in Michigan and elsewhere, ensuring that tribal wealth could be tapped for corporate and private interests under the pretext of helping to promote economic development on Indian reservations to alleviate poverty through government subsidies. What has happened instead is that Indians have been removed from their own reservations which have instead become peopled by individuals of dubious legitimacy and questionable tribal heritage.
Serving the courting tribal establishment and creating the Congressional Native American Caucus, with the help of his staffer, Larry Rosenthal, who is now a lobbyist for Ietan, helped Kildee acquire vast influence among the tribal leadership and the ability to champion corporate interests through tribes while topping off campaign contributions for political candidates.
Read more at Susan's Blog: Susan Bradford’s blog