Thursday, October 27, 2011

Shinnecock Casino Interests Want to Influence Senators Schumer & Gillibrand, Rep. Bishop

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A Shinnecock Indian Nation newsletter indicates tribal leaders went to Washington D.C. during this past year to meet with representatives of Senators Charles Schumer (D) & Kirsten Gillibrand (D) and with Rep. Tim Bishop (D) to lobby them on the ability of Indian nations to take land into trust for gaming and non-gaming purposes and on federal appropriations that could be directed to Shinnecock tribal programs. Schumer has been an opponent of Shinnecock federal recognition and the tribe’s casino development plans. Bishop is opposed to a casino in Hampton Bays but believes there are appropriate locations elsewhere in Suffolk County.

Rodney Capel, a lobbyist for the Shinnecock / Gateway Casinos previously worked for Sen. Schumer. Capel’s firm, Mercury Public Affairs, has been paid more than $1.23 million to advance schemes the Shinnecock have in partnership with Detroit casino interests to build off-reservation casinos in New York on Long Island. 

Those same Detroit interests have given nearly $42,000 to campaign committees directly supporting the re-elections of Bishop, Gillibrand and Schumer.  Additionally, they’ve given more than $210,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; funds that were available to support the re-elections of Gillibrand and Schumer.

Timothy H. Bishop (D)
 $   4,900.00
Kirsten Gillibrand (D)
 $  12,800.00
Charles E. Schumer (D)
 $  24,200.00

During the 2010 election cycle; several New York legislators and Governor Andrew Cuomo actually rejected campaign contributions from Malik because of Malik’s controversial background.

Rep. Bishop indicated he too would consider rejecting contributions from Malik but in March 2011, after winning re-election, Bishop banked another $2,500 check from Mike Malik.

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