Carol Platt Liebau: But It's a <i>Republican</i> Scandal!

Friday, February 03, 2006

But It's a Republican Scandal!

The headline to this story says it all: "Tribes gave to Reid after hiring Abramoff."


Blogger Greg said...

I wonder if there is any timetable that links action taken on behalf of Indian Tribes by Reid to donations by Indian Tribes to Reid.

By the way, does Howard Dean know about this?

12:45 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

The Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee writes some talking points smearing Harry Reid, and the Las Vegas Review Journal (the Washington Times of Nevada) quotes the RSCC bit directly. Voila, Carol has a headline to quote rather than letting everyone know that nothing more than a Republican hit piece. It's a nice job if you can get it.

OK, let's go through the four tribes mentioned in the piece, and look at their pre- and post-Abramoff giving to both parties.

Total (break down below):
Pre-Abramoff GOP: $460,450
Post-Abramoff GOP $1,671,827
Pre-Abramoff Dem: $748,100
Post-Abramoff Dem: $711,733

So for the tribes mentioned, giving to Dems decreased by 5% or so and the GOP donations increased 400% in the Abramoff era.

Nice try, Carol. Please play Double Jeopardy where the scores can really mount up.

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (California)
Pre-Abramoff contributions to Dems (1991 - 7/2002): $371,250
Pre-Abramoff contributions to GOP (1991 - 7/2002): $400,200
Post-Abramoff contributions to Dems (7/2002 - 6/2004): $70,000
Post-Abramoff contributions to GOP (7/2002 - 6/2004): $216,708

Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
Pre-Abramoff contributions to Dems (1991 - 4/2001): $1,000
Pre-Abramoff contributions to GOP (1991 - 4/2001): $750
Post-Abramoff contributions to Dems (4/2001 - 6/2004): $40,500
Post-Abramoff contributions to GOP (4/2001 - 6/2004): $168,750

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Pre-Abramoff contributions to Dems (1991 - 1995): $4,600
Pre-Abramoff contributions to GOP (1991 - 1995): $31,000
Post-Abramoff contributions to Dems (1995 - 2004): $409,273
Post-Abramoff contributions to GOP (1995 - 2004): $884,927

Pre-Abramoff contributions to Dems (1991 - 9/2000): $371,250
Pre-Abramoff contributions to GOP (1991 - 9/2000): $285,000
Post-Abramoff contributions to Dems (9/2000 - 2003): $191,960
Post-Abramoff contributions to GOP (9/2000 - 2003): $401,500

5:27 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Greg, as far as time tables go, I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts that tribal giving to Harry Reid increased markedly once he became the Senate Minority leader.

As demonstrated by tribal giving to parties pre- and post-Abramoff, the Abramoff scandal is purely a Republican one.

5:30 PM  

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