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  • The Three Monkeys Immigration Act

    The Three Monkeys Immigration Act

    Did you Send Your immigration concerns to your WA DC  elected  Representatives?

    I sent three.

    About the 57,000 illegal alien immigration CRISIS?

    About the  57,000  illegal alien immigration DISASTER?

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     What was your  WA DC  Representative’s Robo- Response?

    What immigration Crisis? What immigration disaster?

    Mine, ALL THREE,  all kind of, well sort of, went  like this.

    THE THREE MONKEYS IMMIGRATION ACT?

    “See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil”

    • In the Western world both the proverb and the image are often used to refer to a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety, looking the other way or feigning ignorance.

    1. Rep. Derek Kilmer

    2. Senator Maria Cantwell

    3. Senator Patty Murray

    THE WA DC UNINFORMED IGNORANCE ACT ?

    The Crisis?  What Crisis? The immigration disaster? What immigration disaster?

    I didn’t know anything about it, until I saw it on the NEWS!

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    And, indeed,  there are many paragraphs,  in the WA DC ROBO-RESPONSE

    dedicated to the “SOB STORY”

    Blah… Blah… Blah…

    If you’ve seen one?  You’ve seen them all.

    Dear Friend,

    Thank you for contacting me about the increase of unaccompanied minors crossing into our nation in the last year. I appreciate you talking the time to share your thoughts with me.

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    The immigration $$$  Crisis? What $$$ Crisis? The $$$ disaster? What $$$ disaster?

    The $3.7 BILLION DOLLAR DUMPING FEE

    Posted on my website July 15,2014

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    The Crest Act? Gag Orders? Plus? Posted on Jul 29, 2014

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    I PROPOSE

    THE MONOPOLY IMMIGRATION REFORM ACT?

    WHERE IT IS WRITTEN IN THE CARDS (CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATION) THAT “WE THE PEOPLE”

    SHALL SEND THE ILLEGAL ALIEN IMMIGRANTS  DIRECTLY TO BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM…

     THEY DO NOT PASS GO

     THEY DO NOT COLLECT $200.00 DOLLARS

     THEY JUST GO …PERIOD.

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    The following information was  submitted:

    To Rep. Derek Kilmer, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray

    The Crest Act? Gag Orders? Plus? Posted on Jul 29, 2014

    THE CREST ACT? THE MONOPOLY ACT?

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    And,  most certainly in all FAIRNESS  we must allow our elected representatives to PLEAD

    “THE WA DC “UNINFORMED IGNORANCE ACT” ?

     I didn’t know anything about it, until I saw it on the NEWS!

    Welcome to Obama’s  OPEN AND TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT ACT?

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    REPORTED  THURSDAY, AUGUST 07, 2014

    08/07/2014 7:00 am EDT Reuters  Posted:

    Americans Deeply Worried Illegal Immigration Is Threatening U.S. Way Of Life, Economy

    The immigration Crisis?  What Crisis? The disaster? What disaster?

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    The Magic Immigration Disappearing ACT?

    NOW YOU SEE THEM? NOW YOU DON’T? 57,000 ILLEGAL’S?

    “THE NEW IMMIGRATION “CATCH AND RELEASE” ILLEGAL ALIENS ACT”

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    REPORTED  THURSDAY, AUGUST 07, 2014

    Eric Odom is on site in McAllen, Texas, a border town at the epicenter of the Obama Invasion. Eric spoke to me from the McAllen bus terminal where illegals by the thousands have been dropped off and mainstreamed into American society.

    Eric said the station was full of illegals — mostly women, some with children — who were getting bus tickets out of south Texas and into America’s heartland. “Another bus in coming right now,” Eric told me.

    And another.

    And another.

    Our contacts tell us that over the past two weeks there has been a dramatic increase in the number of illegals coming over and being fast-tracked into American society.

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    The immigration Crisis?  What Crisis? The disaster? What immigration disaster?

    ONLY 57,000   illegal Alien immigrants HAVE ALREADY BEEN fast-tracked into American society.

    PLUS… STILL GOING….MORE BUSES, AND MORE BUSES FULL OF Illegal Alien immigrants, up to 91% teenagers? or adults? Un-screened? Gang members? Unhealthy, Disease carrying? BUSSED into our public schools and communities?

    NOW OVER  57,000 Illegal Aliens?  Not just crossing our borders, but,ARE  being welcomed with open arms by OBAMA’S  LIBERAL members of congress AND BUSSED INTO AMERICA’S HEARTLAND.

    The immigration Crisis?  What Crisis? The disaster? What immigration disaster?

    WHO KNEW?

    I didn’t know anything about it, until IT WAS LEAKED TO THE NEWS

    THEN,  I saw it in the NEWS!

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    As American citizens We must fight  to protect the United States of America from these  Government agency’s endorsed willful concealment’s?

    Of an alien invasion on our borders?  of an alien ASSAULT-AMBUSH on our country?

    Placing gag orders? Kept secret from the freedom of the press and from “We the People”  and even refusing  a congressman’s access to a military facility in his own district.

    AMBUSH? by definition: concealed before the A surprise attack, an unexpected attack from a concealed position one or more people concealed in order to make a surprise attack, a place of concealment before the attack

     From this illegal alien onslaught.

    ONSLAUGHT? by definition: Overwhelming assault or force a powerful attack or force that overwhelms somebody or something,  a very large quantity of people or things that is difficult to deal with

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    Jul 21, 2014 When A DEMOCRAT, The Governor of the state of TEXAS must act alone  and Call in the National guard?Gov. Rick Perry said he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops …. (D-Texas) to boost border security and expedite deportations, called …

    “Drug cartels, human traffickers and individual criminals are exploiting this tragedy for their own criminal opportunities,” Mr. Perry said, adding,

    “I WILL NOT STAND IDLY BY WHILE OUR CITIZENS ARE UNDER ASSAULT, AND LITTLE CHILDREN FROM CENTRAL AMERICA ARE DETAINED IN SQUALOR.”

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    MEANWHILE…. BACK IN WA DC?  THE US CONGRESS WILL NOT STAND IDLY BY,

    CONGRESS HAS  LEFT THE BUILDING, AND GONE ON VACATION

     WHILE OUR CITIZENS ARE UNDER ASSAULT.

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    It is past time for someone in CONGRESS to Introduce…

    THE MONOPOLY IMMIGRATION REFORM ACT

    WHERE IT IS WRITTEN IN THE CARDS (CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATION)

     THAT “WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE” SHALL SEND ILLEGAL ALIEN  IMMIGRANTS

     DIRECTLY BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM…

    THEY DO NOT PASS GO

    THEY DO NOT COLLECT $200.00 DOLLARS

    THEY JUST GO …PERIOD.

     

     

     

     


  • (2) Why I Won’t Vote for Liberals?

    Why I won’t Vote for Liberals?

    I don’t like The State of the Liberal Union.

    DO YOU?

    Rich man -Poor man – Beggar man – Thief – Doctor- Lawyer – Indian Chief.

    That pretty much sums it up.

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    WHILE  the WORKING UPPER  AND MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN’S   ARE BEING TAXED  INTO POVERTY, for the common good?

    A leftist government steals money from HARD WORKING AMERICAN CITIZENS  and gives it to others, FOR THE COMMON GOOD OF? UNDOCUMENTED ILLEGAL  ALIENS? The current population may range from 7 MILLION TO 20 MILLION  IMMIGRANTS  that are living in the United States ILLEGALLY.

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    President Obama said “WE MUST GET THE “WORKERS”  BACK TO WORK

    A Freudian slip?

    The SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY (SWP) is a far-left political organization in the United States.

    OBAMA DID NOT SAY “WE MUST GET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BACK TO WORK.

    Obama said “WE MUST GET THE WORKERS BACK TO WORK”

    WOW, THE “SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY” traces its origins back to the former Communist ….

    SOCIALISM is a governmental philosophy which calls for the redistribution of American wealth

    Really? the redistribution of wealth for “WHO’S”  common good.

    Not to just redistributed AMERICAN WEALTH TO POOR American citizens,

    BUT for THE DHS SUPPORT AND  REDISTRIBUTION OF AMERICAN WEALTH

    TO AND FOR  UP TO 7 MILLION TO 20 MILLION  ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

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    WHILE  the WORKING UPPER  AND MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN’S   ARE BEING TAXED  INTO POVERTY, for the common good?

    The RICH MEN AND WOMEN leaders, THE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES  of the American leftist government are living  high on the hog.

    Rich man –POOR WORKING  MAN – Poor Man – Beggar man – Thief – Doctor- Lawyer – Indian Chief.

    YOU SHOULDN’T BE WORRIED?

     Unless, of course, YOU DON’T LIKE SOCIALISM?

    And, you are not  particularly impressed with an American PRESIDENT AND FEDERAL left wing government THAT is  turning our SOVEREIGN FREE COUNTRY INTO A TOTALITARIAN DICTATORSHIP.

    What happens to America, when? Nothing is  politically neutral, and nothing is  outside the scope (or control) of the state?

    When the LIBERAL LEFT WING totalitarian state uses modern means to exercise complete political power?

    What happens when? The state takes over and tries to control the economic, social, intellectual and cultural aspects of people’s lives?

    The word “totalitarian” is defined: “of or relating to a political regime based on subordination of the individual to the state and strict control of all aspects of the life and productive capacity of the nation especially by coercive measures”. 

    We used to call ourselves “THE LAND OF THE FREE”, but the truth is that we are being transformed into a TOTALITARIAN society.

    And LIBERAL left wing  TOTALITARIANISM GOVERNMENT  is exactly what we are experiencing  in America today.

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    CONTROLLED BY THE (NGO) GRANTED?

    HOW MANY NON-ELECTED? NON- GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS? (NGO) ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS ARE IN COLLUSION WITH EACH OTHER AND BEING BANKROLLED BY THE LIBERAL US GOVERNMENT.

    DO YOU KNOW WHAT A MANIPULATED BALDING IS?

    DO YOU KNOW WHAT (NGO) SUE AND SETTLE IS?

    DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY ENDANGERED SPECIES THERE ARE?

    DO YOU KNOW WHAT AN EPA UNFUNDED MANDATE IS?

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    DO YOU KNOW THE DEFINITION OF COLLUSION?

    Collusion is an agreement between two or more parties, sometimes illegal and therefore secretive, to limit open competition by deceiving, misleading, or defrauding others of their legal rights, or to obtain an objective forbidden by law typically by defrauding or gaining an unfair advantage.

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     Here is a good read

    July 30, 2014. U.S Environment and Public Works Committee Republicans released a report today HIGHLIGHTING THE COLLUSION BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS

    It is a 92 page document on who’s who at the NGO zoo

    AND A REPORT ON HOW THEY DO IT!

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     IF IT’S FEDERAL LAW… IT’S LOCAL LAW

    In the United States today, our lives are governed by literally millions of laws, rules and regulations that govern even the smallest details of our lives, and more laws, rules and regulations are constantly being added. 

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    LAYING DOWN MORE  FEDERAL LAW

    On January 1st, with thousands of  new FEDERAL laws going into effect all over America

    The trickle- down, RUBBER STAMP effect, will most LIKELY create,  hundreds of  thousands of restrictive new STATE, COUNTY, CITY, RULES AND REGULATIONS PRECIPITATED BY THE FEDERAL laws THAT went into effect FROM WA DC.

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    USING  AND ABUSING THE FEDERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ACT

    The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) is the law under which SOME 55 U.S. GOVERNMENT FEDERAL REGULATORY AGENCIES LIKE THE FDA AND EPA CREATE…. THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF NEW TRICKLE-DOWN  FEDERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS …

    DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE DUE PROCESS OF LAW IS?

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    THE RUBBER STAMPING IN WA STATE…

    WAC… WAC… WAC…rules and regulations

    On the national, state and local levels, UNINFORMED AMERICANS continue to ALLOW LEFT WING  LIBERAL’S  TO LAY DOWN FEDERAL LAWS, THAT SHALL BE AN EDICT,   TO TELL ALL THE REST OF US HOW TO RUN VIRTUALLY EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES, IN EVERY COUNTY,CITY AND TOWN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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    Here is a good read

    America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society

    By Michael Snyder, on January 7th, 2013

    http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/america-is-being-systematically-transformed-into-a-totalitarian-society


  • The “Magic” Immigration Act

    The Magic Immigration Disappearing ACT?

    NOW YOU SEE THEM? NOW YOU DON’T?

    57,000 ILLEGAL’S?

    Feds Announce SURPRISE PLAN To End Use Of Military Facilities For Immigrant Children

    The NEW Magic Immigration Disappearing ACT?

    About 57,000 minors, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, crossed into the U.S. since October. MORE THAN 30,000 HAVE BEEN RELEASED TO SPONSORS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING 211 IN WASHINGTON STATE.

    Indeed, THIS IS NOT  ” A MAGIC DISAPPEARING ACT “

    IT IS “THE NEW IMMIGRATION CATCH AND RELEASE ILLEGAL ALIENS ACTION PROGRAM”

    MAGIC by definition: conjuring tricks and illusions that make apparently impossible things seem to happen, a supposed supernatural power that makes impossible things happen

    ACT by definition; behavior that is intended to impress or deceive other people,  somebody’s actions or behavior considered as entertainment or used as an assessment of that person’s worth

    The disappearance of 57,000 ILLEGALS is definitely an ACT!

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    NOW YOU SEE THEM, 57,000 ILLEGAL’S? NOW YOU DON’T?

    MORE THAN 30,000 illegal’s  released …. And? What happened to the other 27,000?

    They have definitely “NOT”  fallen off the American gravy train.

     IF THEY ARE IN THE U.S.A., THEY ARE ALL ON THE AMERICAN GRAVY TRAIN,  by definition: a position in which a person or group receives excessive and unjustified money or advantages …

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    Have the 57,000 illegal’s, illegally  crossed US borders  and fallen into the arms of?

    The Immigration Dream Act?

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    Illegal immigrants released to illegal immigrants?

    AS 57,000 illegal’s, are moving forward in the continuation, of the “GENERATIONAL” illegal immigration pattern,  on the path to citizenship created and promoted by?

    The Immigration Dream Act?

    “How’s come it’s gone from 1,200, now it’s down to 190 children at Fort Sill? Well the answer is, the children are being released. And they are being released to sponsors who are in the country themselves illegally,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) told Fox News. “It’s very difficult to understand who we are releasing these children to and certainly it’s impossible to do criminal background checks on people who are in this country illegally.”

    Who are these Illegal immigrants being released to? illegal immigrants?

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    The Immigration Dream Act?

    DREAM by definition: something that somebody hopes, longs, or is ambitious for, usually something difficult to attain or far removed from present circumstances.

    ACT by definition; behavior that is intended to impress or deceive other people,  somebody’s actions or behavior considered as entertainment or used as an assessment of that person’s worth

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    The CREST Immigration Act?

    CREST by definition, McCain’s office just said that “it’s an acronym.” So just a catchy word. many acronyms attempt to relate to the subject of the bill, but some (like CREST) are just completely random.

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    How about? The new immigrants CATCH AND RELEASE ACT? (NICRA)

    Don’t you just love the words to describe the 57,000 illegal immigrants?

    Children? (when it has been reported that 91% are TEENAGERS)

    Children Jul 22, 2014 – According to a new Pew Research report, in fiscal year 2013, 91% OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT “CHILDREN” APPREHENDED AT THE BORDER WERE TEENAGERS.

    Good Grief!  What is 91% of 57,000 that are illegal Teenage immigrants?

    51,870 TEENAGERS? How many documented their AGE? How many are males? From how many different countries? How many are GANG affiliated?

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    The new Immigration CATCH AND RELEASE Disappearing ACT?

    The Immigration Dream Act?

    The CREST Immigration Act?

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    Host? Shelter? House? caring for?  detain?

    Indeed, it is not “A MAGIC DISAPPEARING  ACT”

    it is “THE NEW IMMIGRATION CATCH AND RELEASE ILLEGAL ALIENS ACTION PROGRAM”

    Feds Announce Surprise Plan To End Use Of Military Facilities For Immigrant Children … end it use of three military bases to HOUSE illegal immigrant children … “As a result, we expect the Ft. Sill facility to no longer be CARING FOR …

    Lewis-McChord will not HOST unaccompanied minors

    Mass. military bases no longer asked to SHELTER immigrant CHILDREN

    Our military bases are no place to house DETAINED CHILDREN,” said Rep. Martha Roby, an Alabama Republican who led the charge against HHS …

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    the bottom line

    Indeed, it is not “A MAGIC DISAPPEARING ACT”

    It is “THE NEW IMMIGRATION CATCH AND RELEASE ILLEGAL ALIENS ACTION PROGRAM”

    As 57,000 illegal’s, are moving forward in the continuation, of the “GENERATIONAL” illegal immigration pattern,  following the path to American citizenship, created and promoted by,

    The Immigration Dream Act?

    This is an American Nightmare.

     


  • What Happens In WA DC?

    What Happens In WA DC – Should Not Stay in DC

    July 30, 2014. U.S Environment and Public Works Committee Republicans released a report today highlighting the collusion between environmental activists

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     Someone sent me an email attachment with information.

    The message? Add this to the Clouded Waters collection, out of the same folks in DC.  Just released the other day.

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     United States Senate

    July 30, 2014  Committee on Environment and Public Works

    Minority Staff Report

    The Chain of Environmental Command

    How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA

    , … read more online

    REPORT: The Chain of Environmental Command

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    This is a 92 PAGE US Senate Committee report, questioning,  HOW THE  VERY RICH  FUND NON-GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO CONTROL  US GOVERNMENT ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND on  page 49, how it could be possible to Convert Charitable Donations into Political Outcomes?

    a  part of the conclusion

    page 67 Finally, this report is necessarily limited in its scope AND ONLY SCRATCHES THE SURFACE IN ITS EFFORT TO DOCUMENT THE MONEY TRAIL. Furthermore, as the Committee’s jurisdiction is limited to oversight of the EPA and energy and environmental policy, so too this report is constrained to reviewing activities intended to influence such policy. There is an abundance of evidence to suggest that this system is replicated across the progressive coalition. More investigation and oversight is needed.

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     After I read the report?

    I called Luke Bolar — Luke_Bolar@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-6176.

    I spoke with Sarah.

    I commended the committee for doing the report.

    My questions and comments to Sarah included,

    So? A whole bunch of Billionaires have purchased? (for want of a better word)

    The NGO’S Control of the US Environmental Policy?

    The Ties that Bind: Key Relationships Between Facilitators, Donors, and Activists

    page 51 Activist Public Charities FUNNEL MONEY TO POLITICAL AFFILIATES?

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    My thoughts on this report are that it creates more questions than answers?

    THE CAUSE? WITHOUT THE EFFECT? (not in the report?)

    HOW DOES THIS NGO EPA CONTROL EFFECT AND AFFECT AMERICAN TAXPAYERS?

    How can this report be equated, to the cost to AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, OF THE EPA’S $300 TO $500 BILLION DOLLARS IN UNFUNDED EPA MANDATES being  trickled down to “We the People” by the Clean Water and Air Acts?

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    THE MONEY’S ALL GONE? WHERE DID IT GO?

    page 49 Converting Charitable Donations into Political Outcomes?

    As previously discussed, foundations, public charities and activist organizations that register as 501(c)(3) organizations receive certain tax benefits under the law. In return, there are strict limitations on how the money can be spent. For example, as also previously discussed, 501(c)(3) groups are strictly forbidden from “directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in a political campaign for or against a candidate for political office.”316 Accordingly, the Billionaire’s Club and activist groups organized as public charities have limited means to influence elections without jeopardizing their designated tax exempt status.

     

    FOLLOW THE MONEY?

    It is unclear what purpose the transfer of funds between these two organizations serves, other than obscuring the money trail?

    However, the Committee found that in many cases a 501(c)(3) will transfer funds to an affiliated 501(c)(4), which can engage in political activity. Under the law, these donations must only be used for activities within the permissible scope of the 501(c)(3)’s activities.317

    It is uncertain WHETHER THE IRS STRICTLY OVERSEES to ensure this requirement is met.

    this is especially true GIVEN THE ENORMOUS AND DIFFICULT TASK OF TRACKING AND ACCOUNTING FOR THE VAST SUMS OF MONEY THAT PASS THROUGH SEVERAL DIFFERENT GROUPS.

     FOLLOW THE MONEY?

     page 51 Activist Public Charities FUNNEL MONEY TO POLITICAL AFFILIATES?

    PAGE 53 In addition to LCV, the National Resources Defense Council,343 the Environmental Defense Fund,344 the Sierra Club345 and 350.org346 also set up affiliate nonprofit organizations to operate in this manner. The large amounts of money, multiple transfers, and questionable regulation strongly suggest that 501(c)(3) environmental groups and foundations are exceeding the scope of their tax exempt limits by financially supporting politically active 501(c)(4)s.

    Although the IRS Form 990s provide space to describe the purpose of a group’s grant, the descriptions given are often vague and overly broad. The circumstances surrounding the flow of money from 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) groups, and the likelihood of lax oversight, raises questions as to whether 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundations and charities are indirectly funding political activities

    page 60 e. The Billionaire’s Club Collaborating with Shady Foreign Funders?

    The Committee has also uncovered evidence that the Billionaire’s Club knowingly collaborates with shady offshore funders to maximize support for the far-left environmental activists they sponsor.

     

     

    The Obama EPA Helps to Fund the Far-Left Environmental Groups?

    page 29 In addition to providing insider access to important policy decisions, it appears activists now at EPA ALSO FUNNEL GOVERNMENT MONEY THROUGH GRANTS TO THEIR FORMER EMPLOYERS AND COLLEAGUES.

    The Committee’s research demonstrates that oftentimes EPA contributes to the bottom line of green groups through grants. Accordingly, A GRANT FROM EPA OR ANOTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCY IS PARTICULARLY VALUABLE TO A 501(C)(3) AS NONPROFITS ARE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN ONE-THIRD OF ITS FUNDING from the public to maintain its tax-exempt status. A grant from EPA contributes to that goal, without limitation.184

    OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS EPA HAS AWARDED NEARLY $3 BILLION IN GRANTS TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.185

    Based on a Committee review of the EPA grants database, the Obama EPA has given more than $27 million in taxpayer funded grants to major environmental groups. Notably, NRDC and EDF – two key activists groups with significant ties to senior EPA officials – have collected more than $1 million in funding each.

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    page 25 Indeed, the NRDC staff absorbed by the Obama Administration and Capitol Hill Democrats in 2009 WAS REFERRED TO AS THE “NRDC MAFIA” because they occupied so many key positions throughout the democratically controlled government.148 While at EPA, these officials were able to advance their activist agenda, this time with full support of the government.

    page 26 Watchdog groups also uncovered Enck using her personal email to communicate with environmentalists in violation of EPA policy

    PAGE 32 This highly questionable behavior demonstrates how an EPA official with inappropriate ties to far-left groups and their foundations can use her position to benefit the environmental movement AT THE EXPENSE OF TAXPAYERS

    One case involved a Presidential appointee violating their ethics pledge on 13 occasions by communicating and/or meeting with two prohibited organizations regarding their EPA work.201 Another case involved a political appointee who on two occasions violated the rules of ethics for federal employees by accepting a gift of travel and a flight in a private jet from a registered lobbyist.202

    page 33 while benefiting from nonprofit status, essentially sell a product to wealthy foundations who are seeking to drive policy and political outcomes.

    page 27 Ironically, at the time he was appointed to the EPA, he was actually suing EPA, along with other environmental activists on the basis of environmental justice concerns.165

    page 30 Yet, ALA has been a main litigant against EPA, frequently suing the Agency only to reach a cozy settlement agreement while taxpayers foot the bill for ALA’s legal fees

    Mainstream environmental groups are not the only ones to benefit from EPA grants. The Obama EPA gives grants to regional and less-well-known extreme groups

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    My questions and comments to Sarah included,

    Why? The Sovereign Tribes ARE NOT INCLUDED as part of the Billionaires EPA Environmental Control Club?

    page 23 where “our” is the EPA Office of International and Tribal Affairs and “there” refers to the White House. In another outrageous email exchange, former Assistant Administrator for the Office of International and Tribal Affairs, Michelle DePass, and “Richard Windsor,” former Administrator Jackson’s alias, strategize over

    page 25 These email exchanges confirm the close relationships between the foundations, environmental activist groups and the Obama Administration

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    United States Senate

    Committee on Environment and Public Works

    Minority Staff Report

    The Chain of Environmental Command

    How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA

     

     

     Contact: Luke Bolar — Luke_Bolar@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-6176Cheyenne Steel — Cheyenne_Steel@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-6176U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (Minority)

     

    (I have included some of the most recognizable NGO names)

     

    Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)

    Type: 501(c)(3)453

    Total Assets: $12,282,335454

     

    Greenpeace Fund

    Type: 501(c)(3)467

    Total Assets: $15,313,140468

    Greenpeace Inc.

    Type: 501(c)(4)472

    Total Assets: $5,121,059473

     

    Sierra Club Foundation

    Type: 501(c)(3)508

    Total Assets: $98,974,748

     

    National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

    Type: 501(c)(3)495

    Total Assets: $66,456,891496

    National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Action Fund

    Type: 501(c)(4)501

    Total Assets: $604,386502

     

    Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Action Fund

    Type: 501 (c)(4)504

    Total Assets: $2,955,590505

     

    July 30, 2014

    Contact: Luke

    Contents

    INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………………………………….1

    I. Legal Framework of Far-Left Environmental Movement …………………….3

    a. 501(c)(3) Private Foundations and Public Charities…………………………..3

    b. The 501(c)(4) ……………………………………………………………………………………8

    II. The Billionaire’s Club: Leveraging their Investment………………………….11

    a. The Ties that Bind: Key Relationships Between Facilitators, Donors, and Activists ………………………………………………………………………………………..11

    b. The Facilitators: Key Environmental Activists………………………………..18

    c. The Face of the Environmental Movement: Public Charity Activists.21

    III. The Bureaucrats: How the Obama EPA is Deeply Intertwined with the Billionaire’s Club and their Far-left Environmental Activists…………………..23

    a. EPA’s Green Revolving Door………………………………………………………….23

    b. The Obama EPA Helps to Fund the Far-Left Environmental Groups 29

    c. Questionable Behavior by Regional Administrator Judith Enck………31

    IV. Billionaire’s Club in Action: Case Studies of Services Rendered………33

    a. Activists Groups Provide Billionaire’s Club with Propaganda…………33

    b. Activist Groups Provide Billionaire’s Club with Artificial Grassroots Movements…………………………………………………………………………………………..38

    c. Converting Charitable Donations into Political Outcomes……………….49

    d. Fiscal Sponsorships Provide the Billionaire’s Club with Access to Nimble and Transient Groups and also Provide Distance from their Hired Hands ………………………………………………………………………………………………….54

    e. The Billionaire’s Club Collaborating with Shady Foreign Funders….60

    CONCLUSION………………………………………………………………………………………….67

    APPENDIX A: TOP FOUNDATIONS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL GIVING 68

    APPENDIX B: ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS………………………………………….73


  • (2) How Do The Tribes Do It?

    Part (2) How Do the Tribes Do It?

    CASINO INCOME? or FISH INCOME?

    GAMING ON NATIVE AMERICAN LANDS EARNED $26.5 BILLION IN 2011.

    “IN 2012, THE INDIAN GAMING INDUSTRY SAW ITS LARGEST GROSS GAMING REVENUES EVER,” said Tracie Stevens, Chairwoman of the NIGC. http://500nations.com/news/Indian_Casinos/20130723.asp

    HOW MANY TRIBES STILL DEPEND ON (by treaty rights and agreement) FOR AN “ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF FISH”

    TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A MODERATE LIVING?

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    BY TREATY THE  ADEQUATE FISH AGREEMENT? V. CASINO MODERATE LIVING INCOME?

    Therefore, as this Court acknowledged in its Phase II decision,

    Fishing Vessel CONCLUDED THAT THE TRIBES ARE ENTITLED UNDER THE TREATIES TO AN “ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF FISH” SO LONG AS NECESSARY TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A MODERATE LIVING.

    See 759 F.2d at 1358.

    A MODERATE LIVING FOR THE TRIBES? FROM FISH INCOME?

    ENTITLED UNDER THE TREATIES? SO LONG AS NECESSARY?

    TIMES HAVE CHANGED, HAS TRIBAL CASINO’S INCOME EXCEEDED AND REPLACED

    THE NEED FOR FISH INCOME?

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    HOW MANY WA STATE TRIBAL CASINOS?

    WOW, MORE WA STATE TRIBAL CASINOS THEN THERE ARE TRIBES?

    HOW MUCH TRIBAL CASINO INCOME?

    Washington Indian Casinos by Tribes

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      Tribes   Casinos
    Confederated Tribes and Bands
    of the Yakama Indian Nation

    P.O. Box 151
    Fort Road
    Toppenish, WA 98948
    Phone Number: (509) 865-5121
    Fax Number: (509) 865-5528
    Yakama Nation Legends Casino
    580 Fort Road
    Toppenish, Washington 98948
    (509) 865-8800

    Confederated Tribes of the
    Chehalis Reservation

    P.O. Box 536
    Oakville, WA 98568
    (360) 273-5911Gaming compact signed 12/21/1992.
    Lucky Eagle Casino
    12888 188th Avenue SW
    Rochester, WA 98579
    360-273-2000Eagles Landing Hotel & Slots
    12840 188th Ave SW
    Rochester, WA 98579
    360-273-8640

    Confederated Tribes of the
    Colville Reservation

    P.O. Box 150
    Nespelem, WA 99155
    Phone Number: (509) 634-2200
    Fax Number: (509) 634-4116Gaming compact signed 8/29/2002.
    Coulee Dam Casino
    515 Birch Street
    Coulee Dam, WA 99116
    509-633-0766Mill Bay Casino
    455 Wapato Lake Road
    Manson, WA 98831-9577
    1-800-648-2946Okanogan Casino
    41 Apple Way Road
    Okanogan, Washington 98840-9689
    (509) 422-4646Omak Casino – Opens Mid-2015
    Omak, WA

    Cowlitz Indian Tribe
    Administration Office
    1055 9th Ave, Suite B
    Longview, WA 98632
    Phone: 360-577-8140
    Fax: 360-577-7432
    Cowlitz Casino Resort
    La Center, Washington

    Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
    1033 Old Blyn Highway
    Sequim, WA 98382
    Phone Number: (360) 681-1109
    Fax Number: (360) 681-4643Gaming compact signed 2/19/1993.
    7 Cedars Casino
    270756 Highway 101
    Sequim, Washington 98382-7677
    (360) 683-7777

    Kalispel Tribe
    Box 39
    Usk, WA 99180
    Phone: 509-445-1147
    Fax: 509-445-1705Gaming compact signed 10/22/1998.
    Northern Quest Resort & Casino
    100 North Hayford Road
    Airway Heights, WA 99001
    (509) 242-7000
    (888) 603-705

    Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington
    2851 Lower Elwha Rd
    Port Angeles WA 98363
    Phone Number: (360) 452-8471
    Fax Number: (360) 452-3428
    Elwha River Casino
    631 Stratton Road
    Port Angeles, WA 98363
    (360)452-3005

    Lummi Nation
    2616 Kwina Road
    Bellingham, WA 98226
    Phone Number: (360) 384-1489
    Fax Number: (360) 380-1850Gaming compact signed 9/21/1995.
    Silver Reef Casino
    4876 Haxton Way at Slater Road
    Ferndale, WA 98248
    (360) 383-0777
    (866) 383-0777

    Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
    39015 172nd St., SE
    Auburn, WA 98002
    Phone Number: (253) 939-3311
    Fax Number: (253) 931-8570Gaming compact signed 2/19/1993.
    Muckleshoot Casino
    2402 Auburn Way South
    Auburn, Washington 98002
    (800) 804-4944Muckleshoot Casino II
    2600 Auburn Way South
    Auburn, WA 98002Muckleshoot Indian Bingo
    2117 Auburn Way South
    Auburn, Washington 98002
    (253) 735-2404

    Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation
    4820 She-Nah-Num Drive S.E.
    Olympia, WA 98513
    Phone Number: (360) 456-5221
    Fax Number: (360) 456-9553Gaming compact signed 5/25/1995.
    Red Wind Casino
    12819 Yelm Highway Southeast
    Olympia, Washington 98513-9111
    (360) 412-5000
    (866) 946-2444

    Nooksack Indian Tribe
    P.O. Box 157
    Deming, WA 98244
    (360) 592-5176Gaming compact signed 10/28/1991.
    Nooksack Northwood Casino
    9750 Northwood Road
    Lynden WA 98264
    (360) 734-5101Nooksack River Casino
    5048 Mt Baker Hwy
    Deming, Washington
    (360) 592-5472

    Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
    31912 Little Boston Road NE
    Kingston, WA 98346
    (206) 297-2646Gaming compact signed 1/27/1995.
    The Point Casino
    7989 Salish Lane NE
    Kingston, WA 98346
    (360) 297-0070

    Puyallup Tribe of Indians
    2002 East 28th Street
    Tacoma, WA 98404
    Phone Number: (253) 573-7828
    Fax Number: (253) 680-5996Gaming compact signed 5/28/1996.
    Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino
    5700 Pacific Hwy. E
    Fife, WA 98424
    888-831-7655Emerald Queen Casino I-5
    2024 E 29th St
    Tacoma, WA 98404-4974
    253-594-7777

    Quinault Tribe of the Quinault
    Reservation Washington

    PO Box 189
    Taholah WA 98587
    Phone Number: (360) 276-8211
    Fax Number: (360) 276-8256Gaming compact signed 7/9/1996.
    Quinault Beach Resort & Casino
    78 St. Rt. 115
    Ocean Shores, Washington 98569
    (360) 289-9466

    Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation
    PO Box 130, Tokeland WA 98590
    Phone Number: (360) 267-6766
    Fax Number: (360) 267-6778Gaming compact signed 8/22/2002.
    Shoalwater Bay Casino
    4112 Highway 105
    Tokeland, Washington 98590
    360-267-2048
    888-332-2048

    Skokomish Indian Tribe of the
    Skokomish Reservation

    P.O. Box 130
    Tokeland, WA 98590
    Phone: (360) 267-6766
    Fax: (360) 267-6778Gaming compact signed 5/25/1995.
    Lucky Dog Casino
    19330 N US Highway 101
    Skokomish Nation, WA 98584
    (360) 877-5656

    Snoqualmie Nation
    P.O. Box 280
    Carnation, Washington 98014
    Phone: 425-333-6551
    Fax: 425-333-6727Gaming compact signed 2/16/2008.
    Snoqualmie Casino
    37500 SE North Bend Way
    Snoqualmie, WA 98065
    425-888-1234

    Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation
    P.O. Box 100
    Wellpinit, WA 99040
    Phone Number: (509) 458-6500
    Fax Number: (509) 458-6553Gaming compact signed 4/30/2007.
    Chewelah Casino
    2555 Smith Road
    Chewelah, Washington 99109-9689
    (800) 322-2788
    (509) 258-9845Two Rivers Casino & Resort
    Spokane Tribe of Indians
    6828-B Highway 25
    Davenport, WA 99122
    (800) 722-4031

    Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin
    Island Reservation

    70 S.E. Squaxin Lane
    Shelton, WA 98584
    Phone Number: (360) 426-9781
    Fax Number: (360) 426-6577
    Little Creek Casino Resort
    91 West State Route 108
    Shelton, Washington 98584
    (360) 427-7711

    Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington
    P.O. Box 277
    Arlington, WA 98223
    Phone Number: (360) 652-7362
    Fax Number: (360) 659-3113
    Angel of the Winds Casino
    3438 Stoluckquamish Lane
    Arlington, Washington 98223
    (360) 474-9740

    Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation
    P.O. Box 498
    Suquamish, WA 98392
    Phone Number: (360) 598-3311
    Fax Number: (360) 598-3135
    Clearwater Casino
    15347 Suquamish Way
    Suquamish, Washington 98392-9649
    (360) 598-8700

    Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation, Washington
    11404 Moorage Way
    LaConner, WA 98257
    Phone Number: (360) 466-3163
    Fax Number: (360) 466-7363
    Swinomish Casino & Lodge
    12885 Casino Drive
    Anacortes, Washington 98221-8363
    (360) 293-2691

    Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington
    6700 Totem Beach Road
    Marysville, WA 98271
    Phone Number: (360) 716-4500
    Fax Number: (360) 716-0628
    Tulalip Bingo
    2911 Quil Ceda Way
    Tulalip, WA 98271
    800-631-3313Tulalip Resort Casino
    Tulalip Tribes
    10200 Quil Ceda Blvd.
    Tulalip, WA 98271
    (360) 651-1111Quil Ceda Creek Nightclub & Casino
    6410 33rd Ave NE
    Tulalip, WA 98271
    360-716-1700

    Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington
    25952 Community Plaza Way
    Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
    Phone Number: (360) 854-7090
    Fax Number: (360) 854-7004
    Skagit Valley Casino Resort
    Operated by Harrah’s Ent
    5984 N. Dark Lane
    Bow, WA 98232
    (360) 724-7777

    WA State TRIBAL TREATY’S

    Stevens Treaties Treaty of Medicine Creek, December 26, 1854 (10 Stat. 1132); or

    Treaties Treaty of Point Elliott, January 22, 1855 (12 Stat. 927);

    Treaty of Point No Point, January 26, 1855 (12 Stat. 933);

    Treaty with the Makah, January 31, 1855 (12 Stat. 939);

    Treaty of Olympia, July 1, 1855 (12 Stat. 971)

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    HOW MANY WA STATE TRIBES?

    HOW MANY Washington Indian Casinos?

    Tribes Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation

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    Hoh Tribe

    Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

    Lower Elwha Bank of Klallams,

    Lummi Indian Nation

    Makah Indian Tribe

    Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

    Nisqually Indian Tribe

    Nooksack Indian Tribe

    Port Gamble

    Band Clallam,

    Puyallup Tribe

    Quileute Indian Tribe

    Quinault Indian Nation

    Sauk-Suiattle Tribe,

    Skokomish Indian Tribe

    Squaxin Island Tribe

    Stillaguamish Tribe

    Suquamish Indian Tribe,

    Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

    Tulalip Tribes

    Upper Skagit Indian Tribes

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    the bottom line

    HOW MANY TRIBES STILL DEPEND ON (by treaty rights and agreement) FOR AN “ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF FISH”

    TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A MODERATE LIVING?

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    A MODERATE LIVING FOR THE TRIBES? FROM FISH INCOME?

    ENTITLED UNDER THE TREATIES? SO LONG AS NECESSARY?

    TIMES HAVE CHANGED, HAS? TRIBAL CASINO’S INCOME EXCEEDED AND REPLACED  THE NECESSITY OF FISH INCOME?

    IS IT TIME TO REVOLT ON THE BOLDT?

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    “IN 2012, THE INDIAN GAMING INDUSTRY SAW ITS LARGEST GROSS GAMING REVENUES EVER,” said Tracie Stevens, Chairwoman of the NIGC. http://500nations.com/news/Indian_Casinos/20130723.asp

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    Gaming Tax Law and

    Bank Secrecy Act Issues

    for Indian Tribal Governments

     

    A 44 PAGE REPORT  read more at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3908.pdf

     

    Even though INDIAN TRIBES ARE NOT SUBJECT TO FEDERAL INCOME TAX, an individual tribal member not exempt from income taxation must report gross income amounts distributed or constructively received1. In tribal gaming, structure and ownership of a gaming operation has a significant impact on the taxability of the income, as explained in the examples below:

    Example1:

    A tribe may operate In incorporated businesses in or away from Indian country. THE INCOME DERIVED IS NOT SUBJECT TO FEDERAL INCOME TAX. If the tribe decides to incorporate its business,

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  • How Do the Tribes Do It?

    How do the Tribes do it?

    Since 1990, the Indian gaming industry has made political contributions of nearly $58 million

    THE POWER OF TRIBAL POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS? Among all senators who have served since 1990, OBAMA ranks fourth in contributions, with $259,000, TRAILING ONLY DEMOCRATIC SENS. MARIA CANTWELL AND PATTY MURRAY OF CASINO-RICH WASHINGTON STATE

    TRIBAL POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS?  to DEMOCRATIC SENS. MARIA CANTWELL AND PATTY MURRAY?

    TRIBES, CASINO’S TAX RULES? FISH AND WATER? INSTREAM FLOW? RESTORATION? AND FEDERAL?STATE? AND LOCAL GRANTS? THE WILD OLYMPICS?

    Obama was a favorite for the tribes even as a senator from Illinois:

    And the tribes also have been spending heavily on lobbying, more than $20 million in 2011 alone.

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    Based on the following?  How do the Tribes do it?

    I’m Just asking? Under my freedom of speech.

    AND, BECAUSE,  SENS. MARIA CANTWELL AND PATTY MURRAY were elected to, and, are supposed to be representing all of “We the People” in WA State.

    This information is from JUST 2011 and 2012.

    How much “ELSE” has  been going on in 2013 and 2014?

    WITH THE TRIBES, CASINO’S TAX RULES?

    FISH AND WATER? INSTREAM FLOW? RESTORATION? CONSERVATION? PROTECTION?

    REPLACING CULVERTS?

    AND FEDERAL? STATE? AND LOCAL GRANTS ALL USING TAXPAYERS $$$?

    AND THE POWER OF POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS IN PATTY MURRAY’S  WA DC PUSH FOR THE “WILD OLYMPICS”?

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    http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2012/10/11/native-american-casino-and-tax-rules-that-may-surprise-you/

    Native American Casino And Tax Rules

    That May Surprise You

    1. Federal Law Regulates Indian Gaming. In California v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, the Supreme Court ruled that tribes can conduct gaming on Native American lands unhindered by state regulation in states that allow gaming. A year later, Congress enacted the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 (IGRA), creating a regulatory framework for gaming on Indian lands. The National Indian Gaming Commission within the Department of the Interior has oversight.

    2. Tribes are Tax Exempt. Gaming on Native American lands earned $26.5 billion in 2011. 236 Native American tribes operate 422 facilities across 28 states. Yet Native American tribes and their wholly owned tribal corporations are not subject to federal income taxes on their earnings.

    3. The Exemption is Absolute. Some types of tax-exempt organizations are taxed on some types of income. Tribes are exempt from federal income taxes even when conducting commercial activities. They can form corporations to conduct business and their income remains exempt.

    4. Individual Native Americans are Taxed. Native Americans are U.S. citizens, and unlike their tribes, individuals are subject to federal income taxes. Even exempt tribal income can be taxed when distributed to individual members of the tribe. One of the more complicated provisions of IGRA permits Native American tribes to make per capita distributions of revenue from gaming activities to tribe members. These per capita distributions are taxed.

    5. But Some Payments to Native Americans are Exempt. Some “general welfare” payments to individuals under social benefit programs are not taxed. In general, to be tax-free, payments must be made under a governmental program; be for the promotion of general welfare (i.e., based generally on individual, family or other needs); and not be compensation for services. This General Welfare Exception from income has become increasingly controversial as applied to tribal members and the IRS is being asked to weigh in.

    6. State Taxes are TrickyAbsent an express authorization from Congress, states do not have the power to tax Native Americans living on a reservation whose income is derived from reservation sources. However, a state may tax Native Americans on income (including wages from tribal employment) if they reside in the state but outside the reservation.

    As with many other tax rules, these rules are becoming more controversial. Expect renewed discussion of these rules and their limits in the future.

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    In a new twist, Indian tribes are moving to open more casinos far from home

    By Rob Hotakainen

    McClatchy Newspapers July 5, 2012
    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/07/05/155126/in-a-new-twist-indian-tribes-are.html#storylink=cpy

    Since 1990, the Indian gaming industry has made political contributions of nearly $58 million, with 70 percent of the money going to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And the tribes also have been spending heavily on lobbying, more than $20 million in 2011 alone.

    “The thing that makes that remarkable is that 20 years ago it wouldn’t have occurred to anyone that tribes would ever have enough money to have that kind of political influence,” Rand said.

    Schmit and other opponents say the relaxed rules on off-reservation casinos are merely a payoff to the tribes, WHICH HAVE MADE THE PRESIDENT THEIR TOP RECIPIENT OF CAMPAIGN CASH in the last two years. Obama was a favorite for the tribes even as a senator from Illinois: Among all senators who have served since 1990, he ranks fourth in contributions, with $259,000, TRAILING ONLY DEMOCRATIC SENS. MARIA CANTWELL AND PATTY MURRAY OF CASINO-RICH WASHINGTON STATE and Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye. In 2011 and 2012, Obama has received $140,500 from Indian gaming interests, more than any other presidential candidate or member of Congress, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group.
    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/07/05/155126/in-a-new-twist-indian-tribes-are.html#storylink=cpy

    WASHINGTON — After buying a new chunk of land 50 miles north of San Francisco, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria just broke ground on a new, Las Vegas-style casino. It will be the largest in the Bay Area, with 3,000 slot machines, 200 hotel rooms, a spa, bars, restaurants and parking for more than 5,000 cars.

    In New York, the Shinnecock Indian Nation is considering Long Island as a site on which to build the Big Apple’s first tribal casino.

    AND IN WASHINGTON STATE, the Spokane Tribe of Indians wants a new 13-story casino and hotel next to the Fairchild Air Force Base, prompting fears that the city will become “Spo-Vegas.”

    The plans are extraordinary for one reason: In all three cases, the tribes want to build their palaces on new land that’s not part of their original reservations.

    The expansions are the latest twist in the nation’s Indian casino wars, and they mark a major shift for the tribes, which already run 385 casinos and bingo halls in 29 states.

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for large-scale Indian gambling 25 years ago, tribes have been forced to keep the majority of their casinos on reservation land held in trust by the federal government, usually in remote regions far from public view.

    BUT NOW, THANKS IN PART TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, Indian tribes across the country are ready to bust out, bringing gambling to the same land that was taken from them so long ago, when the U.S. government executed its bloody campaign to relocate Indians to a patchwork of lands across the country and eventually to reservations.

    In Oklahoma, the Kialegee Tribal Town went so far as to propose a casino half a continent away, on the coast of Georgia, on land that it said it once occupied, raising the specter of tribes going across state lines to pursue new gambling ventures.

    Tribes are seeking to cash in on a loosening of the rules, announced in June 2011, when the BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS JUNKED A BUSH-ERA REQUIREMENT that a casino had to be within easy driving distance from a tribe’s reservation.

    The decision by Larry Echo Hawk, who at the time was head of the bureau and is an enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, MARKED A CLEAR WIN FOR THE TRIBES, WHICH HAVE BECOME BIG PLAYERS IN WASHINGTON’S POWER-AND-MONEY POLITICS. IN RECENT YEARS, THEY’VE STEERED 70 PERCENT OF THEIR POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARD THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.

    Casino opponents now fear that the tribes, with their sovereign status, will have far too much authority to do as they please on their new land, especially as they press for even less federal control. And from coast to coast, the tribes are finding plenty of resistance as they angle to get closer to big cities, busy freeways, military bases, even popular national parks.

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    In the small desert town of Joshua Tree, Calif., Victoria Fuller said she worries what might happen if the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians is allowed to open a new off-reservation casino near the entrance to the popular Joshua Tree National Park.

    “They could do anything they want,” said Fuller, the president of the Joshua Tree Community Association and a leading opponent of the plan. “They could put a 20-story building with spotlights on it, and we would have no say.”

    The new push by the tribes is aimed at reviving a $28 billion-a-year industry hit hard by the recession. After growing at a brisk 14 percent annual rate from 1995 to 2007, gaming revenues have essentially stalled out, increasing by only 1 percent a year.

    And it comes as the 240 tribes that run casinos face an onslaught of new competition, from states eager to get a cut of the gaming business with lotteries and new casinos of their own, to poker players who want Congress to legalize online gaming this year. The changes will allow tribes to move into new markets creating competition not only for existing Indian casinos, but also for gambling centers such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City, N.J.

    The move already has ignited a debate over how quickly the U.S. will hit a saturation point with casinos. While polls show broad public support for gambling, some say the tribes are ready to push the envelope.

    “The tribes are going to try to run the table, which means they’re going to try to move as many casinos off-reservation as quickly as possible,” said John Kindt, a gambling researcher and professor of business and legal policy at the University of Illinois. “It’s just all about the money, and the model is very simple: It’s to get as many slot machines as possible as close to maximum-population areas. . . . They’re going to go everywhere.”

    Art Reber, a retired professor from Point Roberts, Wash., and the co-author of “Gambling for Dummies,” said that the market ultimately will determine whether the tribes are overplaying their hands.

    “When you start sticking neon signs and huge casinos at the Joshua Tree entrance, it starts to get a little ugly,” Reber said. “If you overbuild, you will hurt yourself, and I’m not sure the tribes are necessarily sensitive to these market issues. There’s a saturation point here that you can’t go beyond.”

    The epicenter of the battle is in California, one of six states – along with Washington, Florida, Oklahoma, Arizona and Connecticut – that account for more than two-thirds of all Indian gaming revenue.

    The Golden State already has more than 60 Indian casinos, the most in the nation. And when Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California introduced a bill last year that would make it harder for tribes to buy new land for gaming, she said the state could easily have another 50 casinos in coming years if Congress doesn’t stop them. Feinstein warned that another 67 tribes in the state were already seeking federal recognition, the first step toward getting a casino. And she said “the problem is only going to get worse,” with some tribes vying to open new casinos more than 100 miles from their tribal headquarters.

    In many ways, the move marks the coming of age for Indian gaming, which started small with bingo halls in Florida in the late 1970s but then exploded in a way that few envisioned. But experts say it’s just common business sense for tribes to try to go to places where they can woo more gamblers.

    “Just like real estate, it’s all location, location, location,” said Barry Brandon, the former chief of staff for the National Indian Gaming Commission and now a New York-based consultant who works with tribes. An enrolled member of the Muscogee Nation and the former senior president of the Seneca Gaming Corp., he helped the Seneca Nation of Indians open an off-reservation casino in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., which now is being expanded and which tribal officials tout as a national model for urban settings.

    The 1988 law passed by Congress has always allowed off-reservation casinos. But they’re extremely rare, with only a handful approved by the federal government.

    Backers say that dropping the “commutable distance standard” adopted by the Bush administration will lead to more off-reservation casinos and help tribes create more jobs. That, they say, is just as President Ronald Reagan and Congress envisioned when they passed the law allowing tribes to get into the big leagues of gambling.

    But even some tribal officials are leery, worried that off-reservation casinos stray far from the original intent of the law, which they say clearly was aimed at keeping the casinos on reservation land.

    “I think Indian gaming had good intentions – it was intended to help tribes, but there are ways that I think it can be used to get away from what its intentions were. . . . We’ve been worried about off-reservation gaming,” said Chris Mercier, a tribal council member for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon. The tribe has gone to court to try to block its neighboring tribe, the once landless Cowlitz Indian Tribe of Washington state, from opening a casino on a 152-acre site it bought near La Center, Wash.

    Because it still takes years to plow through the bureaucracy to actually open a casino, it’s far too soon to know whether the tribes will experience large-scale success in moving beyond their borders.

    But the early signs are telling.

    In California, gambling opponents say the new approach already has resulted in a flood of new applications for tribes to acquire more property. Casino opponents who are tracking the tribes’ activities said that at least 137 applications from California are pending with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which must sign off on the land transfers before casinos can be built. The bureau would not disclose how many applications it has received in other states or across the country and has yet to respond to a formal request for the data, filed in May by McClatchy under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

    Cheryl Schmit, founder and director of Stand Up For California, a statewide organization that has been leading the fight against more casinos, called the rule change a mistake and said, if allowed to stand, it could result in casinos opening “on every off-ramp.”

    The tribes already have the largest land trust in the nation, at more than 56 million acres. And when the Bureau of Indian Affairs pitched its $2.5 billion budget request to Congress in February, Echo Hawk, who resigned in April to accept a position with the Mormon church, boasted that it had processed 697 applications from 2009 to 2011, acquiring more than 157,000 acres of new trust land for the tribes and individual members.

    Nedra Darling, a spokeswoman for the BIA, said the amount of land held by the Indians actually represents a sharp decline from the 130 million acres they had in 1887. And she said the bulk of the land applications approved for tribes in the past few years have been for agriculture, infrastructure, housing and other projects, with only seven of 781 for gaming purposes, she said.

    Schmit told a House subcommittee last year that tribes can easily change their minds and use their new land for gaming once it is placed into trust, even if they don’t make that clear in their initial applications.

    She said that if the tribes’ new requests for land in California are approved, more than 15,000 acres will be transferred from local jurisdictions and put into federally protected trust land.

    “Some of these are just land grabs by wealthy tribes,” Schmit said, lamenting that the tribes are making their push to expand with little attention from either the press or the public. “It’s huge, but everybody’s kind of been numbed by all the gambling,” she said. “It’s here, but nobody really sees the expansion of it.”

    With the financial stakes so high, the push to expand has ignited growing warfare among the tribes, which are quick to feud over everything from the placement of new casinos to whether smaller tribes that lack casinos will be allowed to enter the fray.

    “Tribes are acting more like states now,” said Kathryn Rand, co-director and a founder of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota.

    She said that there already has been one big change caused by Indian gaming: Tribes can now spend millions on Capitol Hill and in statehouses across the nation to try to get their way. While the tribes did nothing illegal, their money fueled the Jack Abramoff scandal, one of the biggest to hit the nation’s capital in the past decade, in which the super-lobbyist known as “Casino Jack” represented tribes with gambling interests and ended up in prison.

    Since 1990, the Indian gaming industry has made political contributions of nearly $58 million, with 70 percent of the money going to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And the tribes also have been spending heavily on lobbying, more than $20 million in 2011 alone.

    “The thing that makes that remarkable is that 20 years ago it wouldn’t have occurred to anyone that tribes would ever have enough money to have that kind of political influence,” Rand said.

    Schmit and other opponents say the relaxed rules on off-reservation casinos are merely a payoff to the tribes, which have made the president their top recipient of campaign cash in the last two years. Obama was a favorite for the tribes even as a senator from Illinois: Among all senators who have served since 1990, he ranks fourth in contributions, with $259,000, trailing only Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of casino-rich Washington state and Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye. In 2011 and 2012, Obama has received $140,500 from Indian gaming interests, more than any other presidential candidate or member of Congress, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group.

    Opponents hope that both the courts and Congress ultimately will slow the tribes’ momentum.

    Last month, the Supreme Court denied a request by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to stop a lawsuit filed by a Michigan man who’s out to shut down the off-reservation Gun Lake Casino in southwestern Michigan. The case is significant because, if it ultimately succeeds, it could force the closing of an off-reservation casino long after it opened.

    With the high court ruling against Salazar in an 8-1 decision on June 18, Schmit said the justices delivered a strong rebuke.

    “The justices didn’t just say no to Secretary of the Interior Salazar’s argument and policy – they said, ‘Hell no!’ . . . The ruling is a game-changer,” said Schmit.

    In Congress, both Feinstein and Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona are pushing bills to clamp down on off-reservation casinos. When she introduced the Tribal Gaming Eligibility Act last year, Feinstein said she wanted to end the practice of “unbridled reservation shopping.” Without congressional action, she warned, “Californians have no power to stop these tribes from opening unwanted casinos in their backyards.”

    Feinstein personally intervened in one of the hottest fights in California, lobbying Salazar to kill the plan to open a casino in Joshua Tree. She has emerged as a powerful ally for casino opponents, serving as a veteran member on the appropriations subcommittee that’s in charge of the budget for the Interior Department and the BIA.

    Fuller cheered Feinstein’s entry into the fray and said there is no shortage of gambling opportunities in Joshua Tree, with seven casinos already operating within an hour of the city. She said the tribes have created “a real ticking time bomb for communities and states.”

    “I don’t think anybody ever envisioned that they would be able to go out and buy land and have casinos everywhere,” she said.

    But Steve Gralla, chief financial officer for the Twenty-Nine Palms Band, said a new casino would create at least 100 new jobs. And he defended Obama’s new policy, saying, “It’s good to have options to continue to create economic development.”

    The tribe has had its share of headaches. In May, a grand jury indicted its attorney in a land-buying scheme that led to bribery and money-laundering charges involving alleged kickbacks to others involved in construction projects. Gralla said the indictment would not affect the tribe’s casino plans, which are still under review.

    “Nothing’s been 100 percent decided, so there’s not much to say, other than we’re still looking at all the different ways to go,” Gralla said.

    Tribes are encountering many roadblocks elsewhere, too.

    In California, a group called the Stop the Casino 101 Coalition has gone to court to try to block the Graton Rancheria tribe from building its off-reservation casino on a 252-acre site in Rohnert Park in Sonoma County. While Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown in March signed a tribal-state gaming compact allowing the tribe to build the casino, the citizens’ coalition said the federal government erred in allowing the land to be placed in trust for the tribe and that Brown had no right to sign the compact.

    In New York, the Shinnecocks’ drive to open a casino has run into a headwind from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and many state legislators who are pushing to have the state open casinos of its own.

    And in Washington state, the Spokane Tribe of Indians’ drive to open a casino in Airway Heights, a suburb of Spokane, has encountered opposition from the military, from the neighboring Kalispel Tribe of Indians and from a group called Citizens Against Casino Expansion.

    But even with the new policy change, Brandon, the tribal consultant, said that tribes face a hard fight, noting that “getting land taken into trust off-reservation for gaming is a very, very difficult proposition.” He’s among those who argue that the current system is working and that there’s no need for Congress to get involved. He said the Bush administration “created the chilling effect that just stopped everything dead in its tracks.”

    And with the change by the Obama administration, Brandon said, “You’re really kind of seeing the jam in the pipeline is being cleaned out.”

    Kindt, the University of Illinois business professor who has testified on gambling issues on Capitol Hill, said that the tribes are expanding their operations with “just the illusion of regulation and the illusion of control,” and that Congress definitely needs to intervene. He said the situation is “like throwing gasoline on the fires of recession,” because gamblers are just transferring assets instead of spending their money to help the economy.

    “It’s just out of control,” he said. “And if Congress doesn’t step in quickly, this is going to take our economy further into the quagmire. . . . I wish it would work, but you can’t gamble your way into prosperity.”

    With so many new proposals pending, Rand, with the University of North Dakota’s Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy, said the tribes run the risk of a public backlash as more casinos move into higher-profile locations. But she said that Indian gaming “is expanding not in a vacuum, but in response to a market.”

    “Part of the reason – and perhaps the biggest reason – that we’ve seen such a rapid expansion in tribal gaming is because Americans love to gamble, and we have a much higher tolerance for legalized gambling than we did even 20 or 30 years ago,” Rand said.

    NEXT: In the second installment of this series, a look at how small tribes are locked out in the casino wars in Washington state, an example of the growing warfare between tribes in the $28 billion-a-year Indian casino industry.

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