Trump on investigation for anti-Indian ads
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JULY 18, 2000

The Temporary State Commission on Lobbying is investigating Donald Trump for improper lobbying and whether or not he is connected to ads attacking the St Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York.

The radio, television, and print ads were run by the Institute for Law and Society, depicting the tribe as criminals. The Institute also wrote letters stating the same and urged Governor Pataki not to negotiate a compact with them for their off-reservation casino planned in Monticello, the Catskills.

The tribe's casino partner, Arthur Golderg of Park Place Entertainment, is also under investigation. Both he and Trump contacted legislators regarding proposed legislation that would have required more local support for off-reservation casinos like the Mohawk one.

The Commission is proposing they be charged with violating lobbying law for not registering as lobbyists.

The Senate quickly passed the two bills but both were struck down in the Assembly.

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