Cross Posted at Legal Schnauzer
Sentient beings in Alabama have known for a long time that the Republican Party in our state is a wholly owned subsidiary of Indian gaming interests.
Even non-sentient beings should be aware of that now, following yesterday's report that the Poarch Creek Indians gave more than half a million dollars to help the GOP take over the Alabama Legislature in 2010.
The story shines significant light on the gaming interests that help control the Alabama GOP--while the GOP claims to be against gambling. It also helps explain the driving forces behind the federal bingo trial that targeted mostly Democrats in the Alabama Legislature.
We've known for years that Bob Riley's run to the governor's mansion in 2002 was fueled with some $13 million of gaming money from the Mississippi Choctaws, laundered through GOP felons Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon. Now we know that former Alabama GOP chair and current House Speaker Mike Hubbard (photo above) has been singing from the Riley hymnal.
Alabama political insiders have been saying for months that Hubbard loves to crow about his role in the GOP's 2010 takeover of the state legislature. Now we know, to a great extent, how he did it. Will federal law-enforcement officials take a look at Hubbard and his acolytes for possible signs of money laundering, election violations and other misconduct? Time will tell. For now, we have this from al.com:
The Poarch Creeks, based near Atmore, gave the Alexandria, Va.-based Republican State Leadership Committee $350,000 before the November 2010 election and another $200,000 in January of this year.