Abramoff Admits Using Choctaw Money in Alabama

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff writes in his new book that he spent $20 million from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to defeat gambling expansion in Alabama, because it
would compete with the Choctaw casinos.

Abramoff devotes four pages to Alabama in his book "Capitol
Punishment." He says he funneled the money from the Choctaw tribe through non-profit groups over a five-year period to oppose Gov. Don Siegelman's lottery plan, Milton McGregor's plans to add gambling machines at VictoryLand, and plans by the Poarch Creek Indians to expand their gambling offerings in Alabama.

The Birmingham News reports that Abramoff does not give details of where the money went. But he said it was important to hide the source of the money from religious
groups working against gambling expansion.

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  • by Eileen George Location: Lemon Grove,Ca on Nov 13, 2011 at 09:14 PM
    Abramoff was leader of the pack of Washington politics who stole Miss Choctaw money through Chief martin and his Council -democratic elected officials of the Tribe(allset up by people who do not work for us Choctaws) The Tribal Planners,Casino Administration and State officials turned their back on Miss Choctaws The money went all over the USA even here in N Ca Asemblymen who when they were found out they donated back to non profits in Ca Choctaws move on leave it up to God for they do not know what they do And to think they led America
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      by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 at 10:57 AM in reply to Eileen George
      That same person who dealt with Abramoff during Martin Administration is back on the rez. She was here at the USET meetings representing the MBCI. The current chief will have some hot issues regarding this.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:38 AM
    it's not just tribal people that get screwed when people scam, embezzle, or otherwise take money from someone else. just as if an insurance agency takes the money etc. no matter what if they get caught they get sent to jail and that is there punishment. they don't have to pay anyone pack unless there is a civil case brought and the court fines that they have to pay x amount of money in damages. but even then they can file bankrupcy and be protected. it's not the federal gov failing the tribe, it is financial laws in general not protecting anyone. sad but that is how it is. that is why the bible places the love of money as the root of all evil.
  • by Chahta Location: Choctaw on Nov 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM
    If Abramoff admits to his wrongdoing now. Why doesn't the Feds make him pay back that money to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians? There has been too many times during the course of history to today that we have been failed by the Federal Government. And, here we see that it has failed us again. It's a never ending cycle until we know exactly who we put (elect)into political seats in Washington DC. That is why it is very important for Choctaw tribal members to register to vote; but, a great majority tend to shy away from registering in the state elections. They have no voice (or a leg) to stand on if they cannot register and vote in the State and National elections. And, history will repeat itself.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 10:39 AM in reply to Chahta
      The people who had direct contact with Abramoff during Former Chief Phillip Martin administration needs to be investigated too. People who work for the Tribe is suppose to protect the Tribe. Feds don't care if we get the money back. They are just discrediting us.
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