Pala Band of Mission Indians, Pala, CA
$7,076,735 to winners, $13,189,119 to losers
A relatively small tribe – about 1,000 members – the Pala Band of Mission Indians was founded in 1901. The Pala Casino, on a 12,000-acre reservation in north San Diego County, has motivated much of the tribe's political spending. A large part of those donations went to efforts to defeat four state ballot measures in 2008 that allowed four larger tribes to increase their number of slot machines. All four propositions passed. The Pala Band also has fought efforts to legalize online gaming, which has been backed by some other tribes.
Total contributions: $20,368,354
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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