Sunday, September 21, 2008

Presidential Campaign Donations

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Over this U.S. Presidential campaign, executives affiliated with the Tribe and the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority supported Senator Chris Dodd more than any other candidate.

Chuck Bunnell, the Tribe's deputy chief of staff, gave $2,300 to Sen. Dodd in the last quarter of 2007. Mitchell Etess and Phil Cahill each gave Sen. Dodd $1,000 at the end of 2006.

The "Rudy" man at MTGA was Mike Ciaccio, who gave Rudy Giuliani $250. A Fred Thompson supporter, to the tune of $300, was found within the Mohegan gaming commission.

None of the tribal councilors are recorded as giving money to a presidential candidate.

The Mohegan Tribe is also not in the records as having given money to a presidential candidate in this election cycle. The Cowlitz Tribe gave $4,600 to Sen. Dodd.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe gave $2,300 to Sen. Dodd and, later, $2,300 to Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Republican John McCain, former chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, doesn't accept money from Indian tribes.

The latest information available was up until June 2008. None of the information above includes donations made by spouses.