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Casino Cash Bankrolls Christian Coalition Blowhard

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 18th May 2005 10:13pm
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The Boston Globe disclosed Friday that the anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform sent $1.15 million from an Indian tribe that runs a casino in Mississippi to two groups that oppose gambling in Alabama. In 2000, the Christian Coalition of Alabama received $850,000 and the Citizens Against Legalized Lottery got $300,000, according to ATR's Grover Norquist.

Norquist said he sent the money because the tribe wanted to block gambling competition in Alabama, The Globe reported. He declined to name the tribe that gave his group the money, but did say he has worked closely with the Choctaws, who have a casino in Mississippi.

The Christian Coalition and Citizens Against Legalized Lottery were two of the staunchest opponents to former Gov. Don Siegelman's failed lottery proposal.

This is the same Christian Coalition that already has been the subject of an embarrassing disclosure tying the group to gambling money. Last fall, several news organizations reported that out-of-state Indian tribes that operate casinos gave money to Washington, D.C., lobbyists who paid as much as $4 million to Ralph Reed, the former head of the national Christian Coalition. Reed helped the Christian Coalition of Alabama successfully fight bills that would allow video gambling at Alabama's four dog tracks.




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