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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