Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Brooks, CA
$8,283,741 to winners, $0 to losers
Now known as the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, this tribe has been in California for hundreds of years. The tribe opened a tiny bingo parlor in 1985 that grew in popularity by the time the state gaming compact was signed. Since 2000, the Yocha Dehe tribe has spent millions of dollars on California politics. It opened the massive Cache Creek Casino and Resort in 2004. The same year, it gave at least $8.19 million to defeat Proposition 68, which would have broken the Indian monopoly on gambling in California unless all tribes agreed to give 25 percent of their earnings to the state.
Total contributions: $8,341,241
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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