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which includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs and theNational Indian
Gaming Commission – an independent federal regulatory agency
that operateswithin thedepartment.
“Under Clinton, the Interior Department will look favorably
on Indian gaming and Clinton’s policies will favor Indian issues
generally,” saysMr Klebanow.
“It makes a difference,” adds Mr Rocha. “We have a history
of working with Hillary and Bill Clinton was president during an
explosion of tribal gaming. The Clinton administration was a great
ally…but as I say,we’llworkwithwhomever. I’veworkedwithseveral
presidents and I see how the tribes respond to the changing of the
guard.We’ve been around forever.We’reused to this.”
So far in the 2015-16 federal election cycle, 14 of the 20
largest gaming industry contributors to all campaigns have been
Indian tribes.
“THEYVOTE, THEYBREATHE”
The appointment powers of the president are not limited to the
departments of the government but extend to federal judgeships –
including the justices of theUSSupremeCourt – and the office has
amassedover the years a vast array of administrative and executive
powers. Taken together with the president’s control over foreign
“Adegreeof consistencywithin
theRepublicanParty…doesnot
exist rightnowwithDonaldTrump.
Presumably, asabusinessman, he
understands their concerns.Butare
theyable to trusthim?The concern is
notonlywhetherhe’saRepublican,
butwhetherheevenknowshimself
whathe is.Wehaven’texactly seena
lotofpolicy statements.”
BernieSanders
policy and his power to deploy themilitary, it vests the office with
a decisive say in matters of international trade, war and peace.
But it’s still Congress that controls the purse strings and makes
the laws – and there are issues the industry knows are critical to
its future. Among them are repealing a nationwide ban on sports
betting, tribal-labor relations and online gambling – or from Mr
Adelson’s perspective, its prohibition – all of whichwill be decided
onCapitol Hill.
Paul DeBole, an assistant professor of political science
at Lasell College in Massachusetts who writes and speaks
frequently on gaming issues, says, “When you’re talking about
power, it’s Congress.”
And that’s where the big gamingmoney is going –more than
US$13 million to date spread among partisan advocacy groups
known as political action committees, to party committees and
to the campaigns of individual candidates. The split is even
more closely divided than in the presidential race – currently
51% Republican and 49% Democrat, according to the Center for
Responsive Politics – and that’s not surprising given what’s at
stake. TheGOP commands a 60-seatmajority in theHousewhich
has enabled it to block any legislation it doesn’t like, but it cannot
control its own far right wing so even proposals it does like go
nowhere. As a result it’s been legislative paralysis through most
of theObama presidency.
“They’re all jockeying for power. They can’t get out of their own
way,” says Mr DeBole. “You’ve got 435 members who can’t agree
today is Tuesday.”
Where this gets interesting is that the entireHouse is up for re-
election inNovember – all 435 seats. Control of the 100-seat Senate
has beenmore fluid. Republicans hold a nine-seatmajority, but they
have themost to lose inNovember: 24 of the 34 seats up for grabs
are theirs and the loss of just four or five of themwill be enough to
turn theupper chamberDemocrat.
MrAdelson, the 15th richest person in the country, doesnotwant
that tohappen.
“Whichgoes to thequestionofwhat kindof electionwe’rehaving
– what effect would a Trump presidency have and what effect his
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