Our friend Susan Bradford reports that she's received information that an ethics complaint has been filed on Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich)
A former teacher and priest, Kildee struck a controversial figure in Indian Country. While he championed unions and anti-poverty programs, according to Natives, the Congressman used his office to help place non-Indians at the helm of Indian tribes and their lucrative businesses and onto tribal membership rolls, allowing fictitious Natives to collect per capita checks and taxpayer-subsidized benefits reserved for federally recognized Indians.
Kildee’s former chief of staff and leading fundraiser, Larry Rosenthal, who has joined IETAN Consulting as a lobbyist, was instrumental in leading the investigation into Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s lobbying on behalf of Indian tribes to remove what he billed as a scourge in Indian Country.
While Abramoff was later found guilty of having inadvertently violated the law while engaging in conventional and widespread lobbying practices, the allegations which drove the investigation were false. After setting up his rival, Rosenthal has since claimed a number of Abramoff’s former clients for himself.
WXYZ-TV in Detroit and MNEM-TV in Flint are investigating the allegations behind the House Ethics Complaint, inside sources said
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