Rich Indian Casino Gets $54 Mil In Stimulus Funds
JUNE 18, 2010
In the latest of many scandals involving President Obama’s stimulus, a famously corrupt U.S Senator helped a wealthy Indian tribe casino that employs his former aide get $54 million in federal funds meant to help struggling communities.
Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, an honorary two-time member of Judicial Watch’s Most Corrupt Politicians list, helped the politically-connected Mohegan Sun Casino—operated by the Mohegan Tribal Council—hit the jackpot even though it hardly needs to. Situated halfway between
A taxpayer-financed boost is hardly in order for the extravagant Connecticut casino that brags about having New England’s finest dining, hotel accommodations, retail shopping, live entertainment and sporting events. Three “world-class” casinos are spread over 300,000 square feet and the grounds include a lavish day spa, three major entertainment venues, 40 restaurants and a 10,000 square-foot indoor pool. It’s the last place you would imagine in need of a government handout.
But that didn’t stop Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, from helping the tribe secure the funds, which will come from a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rural development program to help poor communities. The $54 million represents more than 1/3 of the money allocated by the USDA in the latest round of stimulus funding for its rural development program. Other members of
Dodd, who has been embroiled in number of corruption scandals in the last few years, assures he supports the project because it will create and preserve local jobs. Economic recovery in
This simply marks the latest in a growing list of examples that illustrate the waste, fraud and abuse in the $787 billion stimulus that the president promised would jump start the economy and put Americans back to work. So far tens of billions of dollars have been spent on wasteful projects, including $5 billion on a “weatherization” program to make low-income houses energy efficient, $3 million for turtle crossing in northern
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