California tribes among top donors in 2007-2008 political cycle

California tribes represented six of the top donors during the 2007-2008 campaign cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and the Tribes for Fair Play were in the top 10 during the cycle. Tribes for Fair Play was organized by the Pala Band of Mission Indians and the United Auburn Indian Community, also of California.

The combined donations of these tribes totaled $129.8 million. “It’s just awesome—wow! This shows how far we have come,” longtime Democratic fundraiser Kalyn Free told Indian Country Today.

Three more California tribes landed in the top 50 and there were three more in the top 1,000.

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