United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria, Auburn, CA
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$8,569,989 to winners, $13,184,493 to losers
The small tribe – about 170 people – has long struggled to obtain land and federal recognition. In 1994, Congress restored recognition of the tribe, which now owns 49 acres in the Sierra foothills. The United Auburn Indian Community has donated more than $20 million to California campaigns. Since 2003, the tribe has operated the 200,000-square-foot Thunder Valley Casino Resort. It helped fund the opposition campaign to four 2008 ballot measures that allowed four larger tribes to increase their number of slot machines. All four propositions passed.
Total contributions: $21,886,982
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
Credits: Interactive by Michael Corey, Coulter Jones and Chase Davis. Reporting by Coulter Jones. Badge design by Thomas Guffey. Additional reporting by Stanford University students enrolled in a Communications Department investigative reporting class under the direction of California Watch Editorial Director Mark Katches. The project began in January 2011. Students participating were: Devin Banerjee, Daniel Bohm, Kathleen Chaykowski, Tom Corrigan, Cassandra Feliciano, Jamie Hansen, Amy Harris, Josh Hicks, Ellen Huet, Julia James, Paul Jones, Ryan Mac, Valentina Nesci, Dean Schaffer, Elizabeth Titus and Kareem Yasin. Bohm, Hansen, Huet, Harris and Titus continued to work on the project as California Watch interns under the direction of Associate Editor Denise Zapata.