$7 million income lobbying for Indian Casinos

At the peak of his Indian Casino lobbying career (2001-03) Scanlon was bringing in approximately $7 million/year partnering with Abramoff advocating for Native American tribes’ gambling interests.

Cultivation Fears of Taxes and Competition

Their work for the tribes involved protecting the casinos from taxes, competition and placing sympathetic Republican politicians in office – by any means necessary. For these services, Abramoff and Scanlon were paid more than $70 million by several Native-American tribes with casino operations. The Abramoff-Scanlon scam was a kick-back scheme. In an article in Politico it was revealed Jack Abramoff would sign the tribes up for expensive lobbying contracts, then recommend that Scanlon “work for the tribes on public relations and political campaigns. Scanlon’s fees were far higher than what Abramoff would charge for lobbying work, and Scanlon secretly funneled millions of dollars in kickbacks from those contracts to his more powerful partner.”

An Alabama Connection

To help his former employer, Bob Riley in Alabama, Scanlon helped Abramoff launder gambling money from the Mississippi Choctaw into the Alabama Republican Governor’s race. Scanlon had acted as a press secretary to then Congressman Bob Riley in 1996. In return, it was understood that Bob Riley was expected to protect the Mississippi tribe’s interest against those of his own state.

Prison Sentence

Michael Scanlon,  pleaded guilty to corruption charges related to his involvement in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. He was accused of defrauding of American Indian tribes and corruption of public officials. In addition to the allegation of dishonest dealing arising from the consulting contracts themselves, Abramoff and Scanlon are accused of illegally giving favors to senior Republicans. In 2005 Scanlon pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a member of Congress and other public officials. In 2011, he was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison and 300 hours of community service. (Wikipedia)


Alternet: Making Sense of the Abramoff Scandal

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