Thursday, January 12, 2006

Local Ties to Abramoff

In light of the recent Newsletter I received from Grass Root Institute
Regarding the The editorial in The Honolulu Advertiser on Monday Jan. 9, 2006, concerning the Abramoff scandal misses the point. It notes that Hawaii elected officials Sen. Daniel Inouye and Rep. Neil Abercrombie both received campaign contributions from Native American tribes. The Advertiser states “The contributions came before the tribes were affiliated with Abramoff. And they were legal, both in amount and in timing.”

This is misleading because Native American tribes are not limited in the amount and timing of campaign contributions specifically because they are tribes. As Native American tribes they are sovereign governments not subject to the same federal campaign financing laws as the rest of the citizens of the United States of America. That is the nature of the problem

Akaka Bill Implications

Here is a list showing direct contributions to political campaigns. I see two people listed from Hawaii. One Republican one Democrat


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