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Five tribes donate over $500K for Democratic party's convention






Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is expected to claim her party's nomination at the Democratic National Convention in July 2016. Photo from Facebook

Five tribes -- including three from California -- have donated more than $500,000 for the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians from California, the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in California, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota and the Table Mountain Rancheria of California each gave $100,200 for the event next month, according to a filing a document filed with the Federal Election Commission. The donations, all of which were made in May, came to a total of $501,000.

The tribal contributions are significant because they account for about half of the total amount raised by the Democratic National Committee during the entire month of May, Bob Biersack wrote on the OpenSecrets Blog for the Center for Responsive Politics.

In addition to the convention donation, the Agua Caliente Band contributed another $33,400 to the Democrats in May, according to the filing, bringing the tribe's total amount to date to $200,000. The Pechanga Band donated $43,900 for a year-to-date total of $144,100, according to the FEC filing dated June 20.

The convention takes place July 25-28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Relevant Documents:
Agua Caliente Band Donation 1 | Agua Caliente Band Donation 2 | Gila River Donation | Pechanga Band Donation 1 | Pechanga Band Donation 2 | Shakopee Mdewakanton Donation | Table Mountain Donation