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Delay Aid and Lobbyist Scanlon on Playbook of How to Politically Use Christian "Wakos"

I know a lot of conservative friends who will justifiably feel angry and used at this. HT to JohnnyCougar and VirginiaDem over at DailyKos for this:

http://indian.senate.gov/2005hrgs/110205hrg/110205exhibits.pdf


It's from a group of documents released yestereday by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. And it documents conversations between GOP lobbyist Scanlon and Abramoff who bilked native American tribes out of millions of dollars lobbying for Indian gaming casinos.

A good background article is here, and it describes how "McCain described the Coushatta Tribe as a "money train" for Abramoff and his partner, Michael Scanlon, to fund their own personal uses and other activities, including supporting GOP politicians and causes."

Salon writer summarized it as "Scanlon, a former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Tx., sent the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana to describe his strategy for protecting the tribe's gambling business. In plain terms, Scanlon confessed the source code of recent Republican electoral victories: target religious conservatives, distract everyone else, and then railroad through complex initiatives."

It makes mre rmember Clinton's DNC speech, suggesting that "since most Americans are not that far to the right...they [the GOP] need a divided America, but we don't." Well, here is exactly that strategy from major GOP lobbyists in black and white, from page 119:

"This part of the program deals with solidifying the support of Christian conservatives and minority religious outlets in SW Louisiana...

...Our mission is to get specifically selected groups of individuals to the polls to speak out AGAINST something.

To that end your money is best spent finding them and communicating with them in modes that they are most likely to respond to. Simply put, we want to bring out the wackos to vote against something, and make sure the rest of the public lets the whole thing slip past them.

The wackos get thier information from the Christian Right, Christian Radio, mail, the Internet and telephone trees.
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