Reed Directed that Money be Funnelled to Hide Gambling Ties
Testimony before the Senate today will show that:
[Ralph] Reed directed that his compensation from the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana be routed through "a variety of entities ... because of his concern about being publicly associated with gambling money," U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) said as the Senate Indian Affairs Committee opened its latest in a series of hearings into lobbying fees charged to tribes that own casinos.Link (AJC, sorry). Posted by shamanic at November 2, 2005 01:35 PM | TrackBack
The accusation would establish for the first time that Reed – a former Christian Coalition leader now running for lieutenant governor of Georgia – knowingly accepted consulting fees directly from gaming revenues.
Reed's campaign declined to comment until the hearing is over later today.
Since his involvement with Abramoff, the target of several congressional and criminal investigations, became known in 2004, Reed – an avowed gambling opponent – repeatedly has said he accepted no money from gambling income. That distinction has become important to his campaign, which has relied in part on his connections to the Christian evangelical community.
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