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Reed Helped to Conceal Indian Payments
Ralph Reed helped orchestrate an effort to conceal payments he
received from the gambling revenues of a Louisiana Indian tribe,
according to a U.S. Senator speaking at a hearing in Washington.
Reed directed that his compensation from the Coushatta Tribe of
Louisiana be routed through "a variety of entities … because of his
concern about being publicly associated with gambling money," U.S. Sen.
Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) said as the Senate Indian Affairs Committee opened
its latest in a series of hearings into lobbying fees charged to tribes
that own casinos.
Dorgan said documents to be released later today will show that a
$400,000 payment went from the Coushatta tribe to a tribal vendor to a
foundation associated with Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and,
finally, to Reed’s Duluth-based consulting firm, Century Strategies.
Reed and others involved in the effort knew that the money came
directly from the Coushatta casino revenues, Dorgan said, citing a
tribal lawyer. A former Coushatta official later testified that the
tribe "has one and only one business."
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