Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Another One's Revealed

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the goods on on Ralph Reed this morning. The wannabe Lt. Governor is now shown to have been up to his eyes in dirty money whilst trying to "help" the Christian Coalition in Alabama stop Indian gaming.

"Ralph Reed delivered what was expected as a consultant to two Alabama anti-gambling campaigns: victories over proposals for a state lottery and video poker, and donations totaling $1.15 million.

But Reed didn't tell the campaign organizations - and, he insists, he didn't know - that the money came from a Mississippi Indian tribe trying to protect its casinos from competition.

The money's path to the Christian Coalition of Alabama and another anti-lottery group echoes Reed's entanglement in a scandal surrounding Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Indian casino money in Texas.

In that case, Abramoff hired Reed in 1999 to build public support for closing the Tigua tribe's casino in El Paso. The casino closed in 2002. Immediately afterward, Abramoff, who had kept his role secret, offered to help the Tiguas reopen the casino - for $4 million, according to Senate testimony.

Reed has said he was unaware that he was being paid with money from rival tribes.

In Alabama, leaders of the anti-gambling groups said Reed was the conduit for contributions from a group headed by anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, who has said the money originated with the Mississippi tribe. The Alabama organizations said Reed had repeatedly told them the money was not tainted by ties to gambling interests."

Notice also that Grover Norquist is mentioned in the article. Seems like Americans for Tax Reform is also a money laundering operation.

Jeebus what a bunch of slime dogs. The scary thing is that Ralph Reed will probably wind up being the Lt. Governor of Georgia because this story will get buried and all the whackos in this state will vote for him because "He's such a nice Christian boy".

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