Internet Gaming Regulations Bill Could Hamper Plans for a California Indian Tribe-Run Internet Poker Franchise

Dec 6, 2010 - According to Malcolm Maclachlan at Capitol Weekly, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is circulating a draft of his long-rumored plan to regulate internet gaming and legalize online poker at the federal level. If it became law, Reid’s bill -- Prohibition of Internet Gambling, Internet Poker Regulation, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2010 -- would throw a monkey wrench into an effort by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians to push forward a tribe-run Internet poker franchise in California, Maclachlan writes.

Below is a list of contributions from the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, which according to the article is a 14-tribe organization that includes the biggest Southern California gaming tribes. In addition, MAPLight.org included contributions from the California Nations Indian Gaming Association and the California Tribal Business Alliance.

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Members of the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations Total Contributions to California Legislators (1/1/2003 - 6/30/2010) Total Contributions to US Congress Lawmakers (1/1/2001 - 10/13/2010)
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians $912,850 $354,908
Augustine Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians n/a n/a
Cabazon Band of Mission Indians $10,250 $82,750
Cahuilla Band of Indians n/a n/a
Chemehuevi Indian Tribe n/a n/a
Morongo Band of Mission Indians $251,500 $860,923
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians $1,420,100 $498,560
Ramona Band of Cahuilla Indians n/a n/a
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians $413,655 $503,047
Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians n/a n/a
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians $150,100 $103,500
Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians $35,300 $105,635
Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians n/a $225
Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians $14,700 $27,900
     
California Nations Indian Gaming Association $122,200 n/a
California Tribal Business Alliance $173,757 $7,100

Contributions for US Congress

Monetary and non-monetary contributions to candidate campaign committees of legislators serving in the 109th, 110th and 111th Congresses for election cycles 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Contributions for California State Legislature 

Monetary and non-monetary contributions to candidate campaign committees of legislators serving in the 2009-2010 session of the California State Legislature for election cycles 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010. Contributions data provided by the National Institute on Money in State Politics (FollowTheMoney.org)

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