Wednesday, June 08, 2005

"Yes, I worked for Greenberg Traurig in 2000. Yes, I was assiged the Choctaw and Chitimacha Tribes. Of course I will speak with the Senate Committee."


HEADLINE: Lobbyist helped Indian Leaders meet with President George W. Bush

Question: What is wrong with Tribal leaders meeting the President of the United States if they are the leaders of their own Sovereign Nations?

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Lobbyist Helped Indian Leaders Meet Bush

By SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated Press Writer Wed Jun 8, 2:08 AM ET

WASHINGTON - An arrangement involving two Indian tribes, the head of an anti-tax organization and a lobbyist now under criminal investigation — plus $50,000 — secured Indian leaders a private audience with President Bush.

Each of the players, including the president, had something to gain from the deal, carried out in 2001 and confirmed by tribal lawyers and documents showing the solicitation of money and the promise of a meeting with Bush.

The tribes were seeking to protect their casino gaming revenues from tougher labor regulations and to block changes in federal gaming laws that might interfere with their casinos. The anti-tax organization wanted sponsorship money for a political event, and the lobbyist acting as a go-between was charging his Indian clients millions of dollars for his services.

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