Schwarzenegger adviser works for gaming company
Monday, September 29, 2003

An adviser to actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is on the board of directors for a company that owns casinos in Nevada and makes money from card clubs in California, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Schwarzenegger has criticized tribes with casinos for the influence they have on state politics. But critics charge he has a conflict of interest because adviser Bonnie Reiss is a director of Pinnacle Entertainment, a competitor to Indian casinos.

If elected governor, Schwarzenegger said he would renegotiate every gaming compact to increase the state's take of tribal casinos. In a written response to The Los Angeles Times, he cited Connecticut's 25 percent take on tribal slot machine revenues as a model. He said "everything is on the table" when it comes to the agreements.

Tribal leaders and Indian residents of the state have reacted negatively to Schwarzenegger's views on Indian gaming. In interviews with The Times, they criticized him for suggesting they don't pay taxes and "their fair share" to the state.

"That man says he wants to tax the American Indian," said David Running Horse, 60. "Well, he better start paying us rent. This is our land. We didn't sell it. It was taken from us."

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Schwarzenegger adviser linked to card clubs, Nevada casinos (The San Francisco Chronicle 9/27)
Casinos Bet on Bustamante and McClintock (The Los Angeles Times 9/29)
Tribes Bristle at Political Criticism (The Los Angeles Times 9/29)
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