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Opinion: Poarch Creeks use gaming revenue to buy state office

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says the Poarch Band of Creek Indians is trying to buy its way into state office:
It is hard to imagine any single special interest trying to buy an office without a motive. In this case, the Poarch Creek Indians – who don't pay a dime in state taxes – are presently involved in litigation against the State of Alabama. They will expect more than photo-ops in return for their purchase of the attorney general's office, and Joe Hubbard's own words reveal his hand. In December 2010, he told Al.com: "If I'm going to give you $50,000, write you a check tomorrow, and I'm some big banker, whatever I am, if you're like most politicians, you're going to feel obligated to me or indebted to me."

So far, my opponent's only defense is to claim that I too have accepted gambling money. His charge is absolutely false. But the issue is not whether one candidate or the other has taken gambling donations – but the fact that a candidate has sold himself lock, stock and barrel to a single special interest. Joe Hubbard has.

As Attorney General, I don't make the law and unlike my opponent's Obama administration supporters, I don't selectively enforce the law. I simply apply the law fairly and equally to all our citizens. Joe Hubbard has already demonstrated he will put his supporters' agenda above the law.

Get the Story:
Luther Strange: My opponent has accepted $1 million from the Poarch Creek Indians (Al.Com 5/22)

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