Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Temecula, CA
$49,640,206 to winners, $357,063 to losers
The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, founded by an executive order in 1882, has spent more on political contributions than any other tribe in the state since 2000. It has donated almost as much to state and local Republican organizations as it has to Democratic ones. The bulk of its donations – 90 percent – worked to sway gaming-related ballot measures, and the tribe had its way each time. According to its website, the tribe prides itself on cultural activities, local charitable donations and "partnerships" with other tribes, including its successful and massive 2008 gaming campaign.
Total contributions: $52,597,794
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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