Making Nice: Tribe hedges bets
|The Agua Caliente Band Of Cahuilla Indians (Palm Springs, CA) has not exactly gotten along well with the Democratic leadership this year. |
First, Democrats torpedoed the tribe's Schwarzenegger-approved Indian-gaming compact that would have expanded gambling at Agua's profitable casino.
Then, the tribe gave $450,000 to the Riverside GOP, which was spent defending targeted Republican Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia. Then, the tribe ponied up $2.85 million to an independent-expenditure effort, Team 2006, which is supporting Republican causes.
But in a lesson about the screwy ways by which campaign cash flows in Sacramento, the tribe gave $25,000 the the Democratic State Central Committee yesterday, the chief arm of Democrats staying in power. That comes on top of $10,000 given in July and $7,900 in June, $25,000 in April, $10,000 in March and February and $27,900 in 2005.
Ironically, the California Republican Party, which the tribe has supported indirectly in its independent spending, hasn't gotten a dime this year.