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Table Mountain Rancheria leads fundraising effort to stop casinos

Table Mountain Rancheria is leading the fundraising effort backing a referendum to stop off-reservation Indian gaming in California.

In the first month after the formation of an organization to get a measure on the ballot to stop gaming that is not on Indian lands, more than $700,000 was raised.

Table Mountain has contributed $350,000, according to California Secretary of State expenditure records. To get on the 2014 election ballot the referendum requires more than 504,760 signatures by Oct. 1.

The referendum’s proponent is Cheryl Schmit, director of Northern California-based Stand Up For California, a group that opposes gaming that is not on tribal land.
The money was donated to Keep Vegas-Style Casinos Out of Neighborhoods, a project of Stand Up For California.

The fight is focused against the North Fork Mono Rancheria Indians, whose off-reservation casino project was approved earlier this year by the state Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown, as well as the Oroville-based Enterprise Maidu tribe, which is awaiting state approval for a casino near Marysville.

Schmit said she has been encouraged by the donations made to the campaign so far.

The other major donor for the referendum is Brigade Capital Management, which has given $261,100, the Secretary of State’s office said. Brigade Management is the major investor in the restructured Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino bonds.

Another $76,440 was donated from two more financial firms. Club One Casino in downtown Fresno also contributed $15,000, state records show.

Responses

Don says:

Wow….they already spent tons of money to defeat the project. I guess every delay in the project they can cause will mean more money in their own “Vegas Style Casinos”. It’s a smart business plan win or lose. They get more money either way.

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