Neely, Casinos and Measure T
Much the broohah over at Cap'n Buhne's place over the Blue Lake Casino donating the big bucks to the Bonnie Neely campaign. As expected, one side is accusing the other of violating Measure T, which bans non- local corporations from contributing to local campaigns.
I expected as much, suggesting earlier on that one reason Measure T should be opposed is to avoid all the finger pointing that would surely result. This might just be the beginning of such ARE TOO. AM NOT! back and forths over Measure T.
So which side is right? Is Blue Lake Casino a non- local corporation? Hard to say. I suspect they are but their organization is probably so convoluted it would be a tough one to figure out.
I do feel safe in saying this much: If the situation was reversed and the Casino donated the money to the Flemming campaign, there's no doubt in my mind the Neely folks would be crying foul, and they'd be much more likely to initiate legal action because of it.
Indian tribes and their casinos are another subject in and of itself. With the legalization of indian gaming, indian tribes have become one of the heavy hitters in California politics, right along with the government employee unions and trial lawyers. Like those other groups, it seems the tribes tend to generally be up to no good, either.
About the only way to nullify the power the tribes have is to legalize gambling for everyone else. But, that's not gonna happen with the power the indians have to maintain their monopoly.