Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Cabazon, CA
$43,879,708 to winners, $3,979,800 to losers
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians was established in 1865 and opened its first bingo hall in 1983. The tribe's casino is one of the oldest and largest in the state. In 2009, it advocated for legalizing online poker in California, a position that was criticized by some other tribes. The Morongo Band was one of the tribes supporting a slate of gaming compact ballot measures in 2008 that allowed them to increase the number of slot machines at their casinos.
Total contributions: $50,428,228
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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