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In his tell-all autobiography, Capitol Punishment, Jack Abramoff admitted that he and his team of GOP operatives “wargamed” Democratic Alabama Governor, Don Siegelman, to derail his run for re-election. They devised a lurid plan for eliminating the unbeatable Democrat because a fair election would never put Republican Bob Riley in office. To finance Riley’s run for Governor, they laundered twenty million tribal gambling dollars into the campaign.

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee issued a lengthy report . . . [saying] that Mississippi Choctaw Chief Phillip Martin had spent millions “to get the governor of Alabama [Bob Riley] elected to keep gaming out of Alabama so it wouldn’t hurt . . . his market in Mississippi.”


The Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal was pulled off by Jack Abramoff and his old College Republican pals: Ralph E. Reed, Jr., Grover Norquist and Michael Scanlon (among others.) Their efforts were made to bring about a Republican Revolution, exploiting Indian casino’s fear of taxes and competition for an estimated $85 million in fees. In the Siegelman Case, $20 Million was funneled to the Alabama GOP operatives to try to elect their candidate Bob Riley. When local Alabamians saw the vast sums of money rolling into the Riley campaign, they asked how all that money was raised. “Church bake sales” was the answer.


Jack Abramoff was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison on March 29, 2006 after pleading guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials. After 3½ years in jail, Jack Abramoff was released and wrote a tell-all biography, Capitol Punishment, in which he confesses that he “war-gamed” Siegelman to the tune of $20 million.


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Senate Investigation of Tribal Lobbying

The Committee on Indian Affairs - 2006 PDF (Bob Riley & the Governor's race mentioned on page 48.)

Review of Abramoff's Book: Capitol Punishment

"He [Abramoff] devoted four pages of his new book to his work in Alabama. The heart of the scheme was . . . funneling money from gambling interests in Mississippi through nonprofits . . .to help defeat the competition across the state line." Read more at Al.com.

Free-Don Website

Choctaws Give $13Million to Riley's Campaign

Related Characters


  • Karl Rove

    Directed the Siegelman Prosecution from D.C.

  • Jack Abramoff

    Financed the “machine” that took out Siegelman

  • Michael Scanlon

    Helped Abramoff cheat the Choctaw and bribe officials

  • Ralph Reed

    Laundered gambling money to Christian organizations

  • Grover Norquist

    Funneled gambling money from MS to Alabama GOP

  • Judge Bill Pryor

    Initiated the investigation of Siegelman in ’99

  • Winton Blount III

    Hosting planning meeting for Siegelman prosecution

  • Leura Canary

    Alabama US Attorney appointed to “get” Siegelman

  • William Canary

    Brokered access between D.C. and Alabama GOP

  • Rob Riley

    One of the operatives central to the Siegelman Prosecution

  • Bob Riley

    Exploited Alabama for the Riley family’s benefit