Capitol Campaign Strategies - Money In

Money In

About $53 million in fees from four tribes to Capitol Campaign Strategies, either directly or through other Abramoff-controlled organizations (e.g. a $1 million from the Choctaws for "professional services" to the National Center for Public Policy Research was split $500,000 to CCS and $450,000 to Abramoff's Capital Athletic Foundation, and $50,000 to repay an Abramoff loan).

According to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, six tribes gave CCS a total of $66 million.

As stipulated in Scanlon's and Abramoff's pleas, CCS received net profits of approximately $39,397,300 from the first four tribes listed below. Of this amount, Scanlon kicked back approximately $19,698,644 to Abramoff.

Tribe Moneys received Kick-back to Abramoff Time period
Mississippi Choctaws $14,765,000 $6,365,000 June 2001-April 2004
Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana $30,510,000 $10,944,000 March 2001-May 2003
Saginaw Chippewa of Michigan $3,500,000 $540,000 June 2002-October 2003
Tigua Tribe of Texas $4,200,000 $1,850,000 March 2002
Sandia Pueblo of New Mexico $2,750,000 $1,175,000 March 2002
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians ?

The four tribes hired Scanlon's firm mainly for state-level work, including efforts to prevent other tribes from opening rival casinos.

In 2002 the Coushatta tribe gave CCS $13.7 million. Tribal chairman Lovelin Poncho and council member William G. Worfel of the Coushatta Tribe used CCS to spy on other tribes and fellow Coushattas, approving gigantic invoices with only the description "professional services." The largest single invoice was $3,405,000 on March 13, 2002.

CCS helped put together a "Slate of Eight" for the 2001 tribal council election of the Saginaw Chippewa. Soon after the new council entered office, they paid him $1.8 million. It is a federal offense for individual tribe members to use casino profits for their own benefit.

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