Most insiders already know Judy Feder, candidate in the 10th Congressional district of Virginia has raised most of her money out of state this cycle, as she did in her last attempt for office. Sometimes looking at who these donors are can provide some fascinating insight about the agenda that Judy Feder might be interested in advancing, should hell freeze over and she actually get elected. Of these donors, all the way out in Californa, is particularly worthy of a closer look.
The organization in question is The Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians, a California Indian tribe that is heavily affiliated with the gaming industry. Casinos at the Tule River Reservation and The Santa Ynez reservation spent $140,000 lobbying Congress in 2007, and now see Judy Feder as someone they want in Congress, and are donating thousands of dollars to her campaign. Is Feder so concerned about her fundraising she is ready and willing to be essentially bought out by a major Indian tribe with very large casinos almost three-thousand miles away from Virginia’s 10th district?
It shouldn’t much of a surprise that Indian tribes are attempting to sway a federal election on the opposite coast by donating thousands of dollars to Judy Feder. Considering that her opponent Congressman Frank Wolf has been outspoken critic of casino gambling, they’ve got to find some way to move their agenda. So why is Feder so ready and willing to take this money so heavily tied to gambling casinos almost three thousand miles away from her District?
Simple. Because this clearly is a candidate who has hung out the “for sale” sign.
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