Republicans Giles, Reed and the Christian Coalition losing the high ground

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Now, after the start of Sen. John McCain's inquiry into the looting of nearly $100 million in American Indian gambling revenues by lobbyists Jack Abramoff, Grover Norquist, Michael Scanlon and Ralph Reed, it appears that millions of dollars from tribes with gambling facilities found their way into the hands of the Christian Coalition, the Coalition Against Gambling Expansion and others who were using the Indian funding, particularly money from the Mississippi Choctaws, to fight a lottery and video gaming in Alabama. And some $600,000 found its way to the coffers of the Alabama Republican Party and another $600,000 into Gov. Bob Riley's 2002 campaign for governor.

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