Friday, June 15, 2007

Sacto Pols Should Protect CA Election Law via Compacts

There should be no new amended compacts at this time. The BIG FIVE are making plenty of money for their tribes, Pechanga especially so as they have less tribal members now than they did when their compacts were created.

Sacramento Politicians Should Use Gaming Compacts to Protect California Election Law
By Ned WigglesworthPolicy AdvocateCalifornia Common Cause

The five southern California tribes currently seeking permission to vastly expand their gambling empires have spent millions of dollars on California politics and elections to achieve their goal. By now, every Californian has seen the flapping eagle that was a component of Morongo’s planned $20 million TV campaign to win expansion approval. Some might also remember “Team 2006”, the $10 million independent expenditure committee funded by the tribes last fall to extract political retribution when the tribes’ expansion agreements stalled in the Assembly.
This combination of brute financial intimidation and dupe-the-public ad campaign has brought these gaming tribes to the threshold of their objective: permission to triple the number of slots in their casinos. Not-so-quiet whispers in the corridors of the Capitol suggest that the Legislature is about to cave into the tribes, demonstrating yet again the power of the dollar in Sacramento.
But even as these tribes have spent tens of millions of dollars to impact California law, they have sought in the state’s courts to exempt themselves from California laws regulating election and political spending. (Apparently, this is how much audacity a $10 million political warchest will buy you.) This self-serving exceptionalism – “the law applies to you, but not to us” – could be stopped in its tracks if the Governor and Legislature demanded that any gaming compacts between the tribes and the state included agreement by the tribes to abide by the laws protecting California’s political process.
Now, one of the five tribes with an expansion proposal, the Agua Caliente of Palm Springs—the same tribe deeply involved in the Abramoff bribery scandal, has quietly positioned itself to continue arguing its privileged status in front of the US Supreme Court, a petition now scheduled for July 28, AFTER it gains its permission for a huge gambling expansion in Sacramento.

1 comment:

OPechanga said...


Guerra Nunez aka White Buffalo June 14, 2007 at 09:21 AM
It is a disgrace to see the people of the land, Indians, acting as they do. I am a disenrolled Indian from the Pechanga Tribe. Money has no race, heritage, or or pride when it comes to acquiring wealth the adage is always more, more, and more. The political concisest is take the money and we'll let someone else deal with the growing problem of out of control studio-nations. If the tribes had the interests of the people, specifically their own, then there would not be the issue of corruption within the tribes like Aqua Caliente and Pechanga with their civil rights abuses against their own members. It is becoming worrysome that the tribes are proving that they are incapable of self determination and self governance. Sacramento needs to step back and see what the real issues are because if they did they would see that there is a way to resolve many if not all of the problemes. Unfortunately for the Wealthy tribes the remedy will not be to their liking, yet it is the very tribes that caused all fo the issues they are now battling.

Clark June 14, 2007 at 03:26 PM
I had high hopes that the Assembly would hold the trbies to task regarding non-Indian workers' rights. Alas, Nunez has sold out big-time and tghe Indians are going to buy another notch in their belt of ultimately owning the entire United States.

I agree with White Buffalo...if the tribes want to be sovereign and not subject to our laws, it should be a criminal act for them to influence those enacting the laws in any way. It should also be illegal for any state or political sub-division employee, especially elected officials, to accept anything of value from them. You can't have your cake and eat it too (unless, of course, you're an Indian.)