Boxer’s sweetheart deal with reinstated Indian tribe; Update: The Hill retracts

posted at 7:15 pm on October 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In 2006, Democrats successfully won back control of Congress by highlighting corruption scandals involving Jack Abramoff, a lobbyist specializing in Indian tribes.  But does one Democrat in particular have a problem of her own with her interventions on behalf of a California tribe that now operates a casino just outside of San Francisco?  Barbara Boxer pushed a bill reinstating a tribe designated as “defunct” by the BIA 40 years earlier.  Rick Manning at The Hill says the deal — and what ensued — would have “made Jack Abramoff blush”:

{Update: Withdrawn by The Hill.  See Update III below.]

Manning also details the hilarious rationalization that allowed Boxer to reinstate a tribe that had disappeared decades earlier, but that’s almost beside the point.   Boxer also exempted the “reservation” from the environmental regulation she imposed on everyone else in order to make sure the casino project moved forward:

Boxer prides herself on being a strong environmentalist, having won endorsements from all the environmentalist groups that count. She blasts Fiorina for supporting offshore oil drilling and embracing Proposition 23, which would suspend California’s climate change law.

There is an inconsistency in Boxer’s otherwise green record. State environmental laws do not apply on Indian reservations. And a casino off Highway 101 abutting Rohnert Park, a city of about 40,000 people, certainly would have an impact. Water supplies are short in Sonoma County, and casino customers would further clog Highway 101, the Redwood Highway.

“This is going to have a profound adverse impact throughout my district,” Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, told me.

Boxer seemed uncomfortable when asked about the Graton legislation during her stop at the Sacramento Bee last month as she sought the paper’s endorsement.

She has reason to be uncomfortable.

Her son, Oakland attorney Douglas Boxer, became involved in the casino project in 2001, the year after she pushed through the bill granting recognition to the tribe.

In a rather convoluted manner, Boxer said: “I can’t talk about any developments because my son was a lawyer who was part of some consultant that was somehow related to this.”

Boxer sits at the head of the Ethics Committee, which otherwise should be delving deep into this smelly deal.  California voters can take the hygienic and pro-active measure of voting her out of office on Tuesday instead.

Update: As of 8:35 pm tonight, the page seems to have disappeared from The Hill, or at least the story has.  The comments are still up.

Update II: Here’s the Google cache of the story.

Update III: The Hill has determined that their portion of the story has serious factual problems, and was not properly researched.  For instance, Boxer did not change the bill to allow gaming; her version of the bill continued the House prohibition on it.  The source for her son making millions on the deal was not reliable, and Boxer’s camp disputes it.  He also was not a partner at Platinum Advisers, as The Hill reported, and Boxer’s camp disputes that Kenwood Investments 2 had any dealings with the purchase of land in Rohnert Park.  As a result, I have redacted all of the quotes from the original article and edited my own piece to remove references to the piece, as well as deleting the link to the cached version of it.

I have left the Press Democrat article in place; the hypocrisy on enviro law is still relevant.


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Paging Nancy Pelosi………..Nancy Pelosi………….
corruption mess in the Democrat aisle……

……….bring your broom……..

It just might take a women to clean the House
-Nancy Pelosi!

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Boxer’s head is twice the size of any other picture on the front page right now. Sizing error, I guess. Still appropriate…

Canadian Infidel on October 30, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Gah! No one wants to see that large of a picture of BarBo on the front pages, guys.

Inkblots on October 30, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Rick Manning at The Hill says the deal — and what ensued — would have “made Jack Abramoff blush”
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I do hope the crack Political Ad Commando’s
are already mission successful in a new ad,
highlighting this El Corrupto!!

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 7:21 PM

“Somehow related”

“a guy who lives in my neighborhood”

chewydog on October 30, 2010 at 7:23 PM

She’s the nastiest liberal in DC. When I think of what she’d done or tried to do to Bush, Rice, Roberts, Alito. And her biggest enemy in the world is CO2 and she’ll reach into your pocket, bank account and stocks to “solve” it. Saw an interview show with John Fund I believe it was and he said stay up late, but it will be Fiorina.

Marcus on October 30, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Looks like Boxer has her own,ahem, Little Big Horn Snafu
on the go!!!

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Boxer sits at the head of the Ethics Committee

Hahahahahahaha……………

GarandFan on October 30, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Stinkin to high heaven… Can she at least do some time in the hot seat for this? Please.

RalphyBoy on October 30, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Paging Nancy Pelosi………..Nancy Pelosi………….
corruption mess in the Democrat aisle……

……….bring your broom……..

It just might take a women to clean the House
-Nancy Pelosi!

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 7:19 PM

San Francisco? I wonder if Doug might have even hitched a ride on Pelosi’s air taxi with the nice bar and groceries. Most everyone else did.

a capella on October 30, 2010 at 7:27 PM

“Please call me “Don”, I’ve worked very hard to put millions of dollars in my son’s pocket.”

fogw on October 30, 2010 at 7:30 PM

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 7:19 PM
================================
San Francisco? I wonder if Doug might have even hitched a ride on Pelosi’s air taxi with the nice bar and groceries. Most everyone else did.

a capella on October 30, 2010 at 7:27 PM

a capella: Oooo now your thinking,me likey!

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Well, just color me shocked that Boxer is corrupt.

ButterflyDragon on October 30, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Abramoff was a piker compared to Boxer.

FloridaBill on October 30, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Ok….so Barbara can’t talk about it because her son is a lawyer….?
Pretty convenient.

NeoKong on October 30, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Please oh please let this piece of garbage lose.

justltl on October 30, 2010 at 7:52 PM

It’s time to ask a screamingly obvious question or two:
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1. Why is Babs Boxer, US Senatrix from SOUTHERN California, involved in a deal with people located apparently EXCLUSIVELY in US Senatrix Diane Feinstein’s district (NORTHERN California)?
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2. Why would the “tribe” approach a US Senatrix who is NOT THEIR US Senatrix?
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3. What is Diane Feinstein’s involvement in all this? It’s her district …
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Enquiring minds want to know …

Arbalest on October 30, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Senator garbage.
Sorry.

justltl on October 30, 2010 at 7:52 PM

California voters can take the hygienic and pro-active measure of voting her out of office on Tuesday instead.

But they won’t… which is why the Dems do stuff like this.

mankai on October 30, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Off topic but it needs to be said

HEY LIBERALS — WE ARE WATCHING — WE ARE WANTING — WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO COMMIT VOTER FRAUD!!

Nearly Nobody on October 30, 2010 at 7:56 PM

RCP Average… Boxer +5.5

CA sucks.

mankai on October 30, 2010 at 7:58 PM

It’s her height. She can’t help herself from hitting below the belt.

ericdijon on October 30, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Enquiring minds want to know …

Arbalest on October 30, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Senators represent their entire state. There is no senate district.

ButterflyDragon on October 30, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Carly Fiorina is the Republican candidate who is running against Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer for California’s Senate seat.

Learn more about Carly Fiorina at her campaign website:

http://www.carlyforca.com/

Please vote for Carly Fiorina if you are in California!

It is long past time to vote Ma’am Boxer OUT OF OFFICE!

wren on October 30, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Drained swamp . . .

The Reasonable Man on October 30, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Belongs in prison

Wade on October 30, 2010 at 8:08 PM

RCP Average… Boxer +5.5

CA sucks.

mankai on October 30, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Well if this story is true it would probably be a reason for investigation by the justice department ………yea, right, never mind.

whbates on October 30, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Senator M’am needs a good scalping, electorially of course. That CA has continued to send to the Senate this Garbage Fatale is a mystery indeed. Bye, Darlin’.

TXUS on October 30, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Babs: Matthew 23 strikes again!!!!

karl9000 on October 30, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Yup, I lived in Rohnert Park for 3 years, and it’s just the swamp of municipal corruption you’d expect. The Indian “tribe” at Graton Rancheria was essentially created out of whole cloth by Boxer and her cronies (cui bono, one wonders?,) and the whole casino thing got off the ground when the RP city council signed a “Memorandum of Agreement” without consulting the citizenry in any way, shape or form.

The Amalgamated Victims of Western Sonoma County are fixin to get richer ‘n Croesus outta this deal, along with their partners, Station Casinos of Nevada (who are owned, like it or not, by an Italian family….) Who’s gonna pay for the necessary infrastructure improvements to that (literal) cow pasture slated for construction? Why, you are, of course.

Sonoma County, home of Lynn Woolsey, was characterized a few years ago by no less than The Congressional Record as “The leftmost county in the country.”

Go figure.

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 8:15 PM

IF THIS TURNS OUT TO BE WHAT FINALLY ENDS BAB BOXER’S STINT IN THE SENATE, I WILL GO TO MY LOCAL CASINO NEXT WEEKEND AND THANK THE CALIFORNIA TRIBES FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN BY GIVING THEM A MY OWN “STIMULUS” MONEY!

Californians — you know what you need to do. Spread the word. It is not too late until the polls close Tuesday.

Mutnodjmet on October 30, 2010 at 8:15 PM

We have got to pull Carly over the finish line..

PS..Where are all the fired up COD posters..I know it is Saturday night but cmon..Lets get fired up..:)

Dire Straits on October 30, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Hmmm….

The Hill’s pulled the link. Curiouser and curiouser, particularly since comments still remain on the site.

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Senators represent their entire state. There is no senate district.

ButterflyDragon on October 30, 2010 at 8:05 PM

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… yet when I contact Boxer’s office (via my corporate e-mail), I receive dead silence; no response at all. Feinstein’s office responds, and quickly. It sure feels like something’s been divided up here in CA …
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Further, there’s around 450 miles between Rohnert Park and Boxer’s office. Feinstein is located VERY much closer; Rohnert Park is essentially her backyard, and if “things” need to happen, Feinstein seems much more likely to have local influence.
.

Arbalest on October 30, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Win or lose…she will be investigated…

right2bright on October 30, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Sonoma County, home of Lynn Woolsey, was characterized a few years ago by no less than The Congressional Record as “The leftmost county in the country.”

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Jim Judd is the Republican candidate who is running against Democrat Rep. Lynn Woolsey in California’s 6th District.

Jim Judd is running a more active campaign than this district has seen in years!

Learn more about Jim Judd at his campaign website:

http://www.jimjuddforcongress.com/

Let’s use the election on Tuesday to sweep Rep. Woolsey OUT OF OFFICE too!

Vote for Jim Judd for Congress!

wren on October 30, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Rohnert Park was built as a “planned city” in the late ’50s by four developers who bought the farmland of Waldo Rohnert, and literally drained the land by dredging out an existing waterway without the least involvement or permission of the US Corps of Engineers, causing yearly flooding in communities to the West.

In the late ’60s these four somehow arranged for the siting of a community college, now Sonoma State Univesity. I have a friend who matriculated with the first class, and her stories make it clear that this institution was calculated to be a complete one-stop shop for leftie indoctrination. In her first year (1967) Black Panthers were imported for show-and-tell time for Freshman sociology classes, and an early professor was Angela Davis, complicit in the shooting of Federal judge Gerald Haley in a Marin county courtroom by the brother of George Jackson, her lover. Davis bought the guns, and got off on a technicality.

Sonoma County is also, as I have written extensively, at the very center of the “medical” marijuana movement, and of course legalization. It is at the Southern edge of the “Emerald Triangle,” which has been the petri dish of US marijuana cultivation since the ’70s, and is also the home of thousands of illegals from Mexico, imported to work in the vineyards and increasingly pot plantations. Drug use of every kind is rampant.

I’ve been waiting for somebody to make a stink about this “Indian Tribe” scam. Boxer’s involvement has never been a secret, but it’s just business as usual around here.

Read those links; it’s an education.

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Ok….so Barbara can’t talk about it because her son is a lawyer….?
Pretty convenient.

NeoKong on October 30, 2010 at 7:49 PM

It’s the well known senator-son privilege.

Barnestormer on October 30, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Further, there’s around 450 miles between Rohnert Park and Boxer’s office. Feinstein is located VERY much closer; Rohnert Park is essentially her backyard, and if “things” need to happen, Feinstein seems much more likely to have local influence.
.

Arbalest on October 30, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Yeah, but Barbie’s originally from Marin County, 50 miles south of Santa Rosa/Rohnert Park. That’s why/how she got into this in the first place, on accounta she knows every crooked lawyer for miles around.

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 8:59 PM

BOXER …. have you no shame?

You are the Funk & Wagnalls dictionary definition of what constitutes a “prostitute”.

Future generations of your children and grandchildren will suffer the shame you instilled upon them.

bannedbyhuffpo on October 30, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Let’s use the election on Tuesday to sweep Rep. Woolsey OUT OF OFFICE too!

Vote for Jim Judd for Congress!

wren on October 30, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Yeah, I’m all for Jim Judd, and I’ll certainly vote for him – but there are about 100 Republicans in the whole county, and the local GOP organization is so lame they’ve been running the same slate of candidates in rotating races for years.

Two years ago I had to point out to them that they had no listing whatsoever in the local phone book – a fact of which they were previously unaware, despite telling me that the local Pac Bell guy was a notable leftie who laughed at them when they tried to get better rates.

Getting a Republican/conservative into office here would be the equivalent of electing Dick Nixon to the Berkeley mayor’s office. It’d be wonderful, but it ain’t gonna happen.

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 9:05 PM

I support very, very stiff penalties for corruption. Any public official convicted of corruption should get life in prison at a non-country club facility.

DAT60A3 on October 30, 2010 at 9:07 PM

TheHill’s pulled the link.

Down the memory hole.

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Your final ad, Carly!

PattyJ on October 30, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Yeah, but Barbie’s originally from Marin County, ……

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 8:59 PM

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I did not know that.
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I suppose this gives Feinstein some cover ….. I think Babs will regret this when the investigations start.

Arbalest on October 30, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Um, can you just ignore this this little misuderstanding, I think I have earned it! -Barbara Boxer

bluemarlin on October 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Paging Darryl Issa, Paging Darryl Issa – please have the printing presses warmed up!

Queen0fCups on October 30, 2010 at 9:16 PM

TheHill’s pulled the link.

Down the memory hole.

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Here’s Google cache for the article.

Hal on October 30, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Um, can you just ignore this this little misuderstanding, I think I have earned it! -Barbara Boxer

bluemarlin on October 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

I will replay this classic for you..It is hillarious..:)

Dire Straits on October 30, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Yeah, I’m all for Jim Judd, and I’ll certainly vote for him – but there are about 100 Republicans in the whole county, and the local GOP organization is so lame they’ve been running the same slate of candidates in rotating races for years.

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 9:05 PM

To: Warbaby

The San Francisco Bay Area is certainly a challenge for Conservatives/Republicans, but there are far more of us in the Bay Area than most people think.

Alas, the California GOP and many local GOP Central Committees are very disappointing and not very effective.

But there is hope! The Tea Party is alive and well in the Bay Area! And it is working hard during this election season!

Check out the Bay Area Patriots

http://www.bayareapatriots.com/

The Bay Area Patriots is a great group! Please join us!

wren on October 30, 2010 at 9:24 PM

The whole “hey! there’s a new tribe of 4 guys” thing is so corrupt it makes my head spin.

You know fishing in NW waters? The “Indians” sell their special rights to fish (no whites allowed dontcha know) to white fisherman for profit.

Basically, the whole thing is a perfect example of special rights for special people.

WitchDoctor on October 30, 2010 at 9:30 PM

The Bay Area Patriots is a great group! Please join us!

wren on October 30, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Thanks for the invite, Wren, I’ll do it.

And what you all need to do is put some serious effort into cleaning up Sonoma County. I know it seems like the Bay Area from down there, but it’s another country altogether up here.

As I mentioned, my efforts to get some action out of the local GOP outlet were essentially farce. I know conservatives around here too, but most of ‘em are so shellshocked they don’t even realize how out of touch with the country they really are.

Bigtime drug money, hordes of illegals, deeply entrenched corruption and an out-of-control gang problem exacerbated by Political Correctness run amok – and a citizenry who think they’re all hipsters and connoisseurs because it’s farm country where grapes are grown. I’ve lived in 12 counties in this country (including Oakland and Chicago, SF and Marin btw,) and I’ve never seen anything remotely resembling this mess.

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 9:38 PM

As of 8:35 pm tonight, the page seems to have disappeared from The Hill, or at least the story has. The comments are still up.

Funny, it’s not taking any new comments either!

Eren on October 30, 2010 at 9:47 PM

As of 8:35 pm tonight, the page seems to have disappeared from The Hill, or at least the story has. The comments are still up.

Funny, it’s not taking any new comments either!

Eren on October 30, 2010 at 9:47 PM

But the story’s out there now….

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 9:49 PM

wren on October 30, 2010 at 9:24 PM

And Wren,

I do what I can…

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 9:57 PM

This entire Indian tribe – Casino scam needs to be taken down, everywhere in our country, which can probably only be done by letting anyone open a casino. Give them some competition.

slickwillie2001 on October 30, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Hey, Ed – I’m surprised you didn’t pick up on this connection, too: Platinum Advisors and Kenwood were also involved in the Treasure Island land grab, that greatly benefitted Pelosi’s son (as noted by Michelle):
http://michellemalkin.com/2010/08/18/pelosi-and-the-treasure-island-land-grab/

DougV on October 30, 2010 at 11:19 PM

And Meg Whitman is called a whore????

rockmom on October 30, 2010 at 11:30 PM

So, then, the swamp is still undrained and the alligators are still getting fat.

Contemptible!

flataffect on October 30, 2010 at 11:40 PM

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 9:49 PM

On a bunch of righty blogs.

mankai on October 31, 2010 at 12:12 AM

I’m bereft. My Mom never cut a deal like this for me. Madame Senator, would you consider adult adoption? I’m very concerned about my financial future. I think I love you.

Mason on October 31, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Seems to me that if the Republicans somehow gain control of the Senate she is toast anyway in any investigation that results. And I am sure she will be pursued with insane glee.

{^_^}

herself on October 31, 2010 at 4:12 AM

The only way we’re ever going to be able to end, or at least put some limits, on this type of corruption is to severely limit the size and reach of the federal government. As long as it remains the big bloated behemoth it currently is, dishonorable people like Boxer (and Pelosi and Abramoff, etc.) will continue to use their offices to manipulate the system to enrich themselves and their families and cronies.

The only sure way to stop politicians like Boxer from abusing their power is to make sure they never get such power in the first place.

AZCoyote on October 31, 2010 at 6:17 AM

BOXER …. have you no shame?

You are the Funk & Wagnalls dictionary definition of what constitutes a “prostitute”.

Future generations of your children and grandchildren will suffer the shame you instilled upon them.

bannedbyhuffpo on October 30, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Apparently you’ve forgotten one little thing, they’re liberals, they have no shame. The only apologies they make are for us, the unwashed, uneducated masses.

M-14 2go on October 31, 2010 at 8:56 AM

This has got to be the most shameless, vilest act I have ever seen this “woman” do just so as to garner votes!

Boxer, the remaining Native American peoples that make up what is left of what used to be the 500 Nations that were in this country long before your ancestors showed up are NOT your political playing pieces! They have endured untold unimaginable hardship from past people like you, and have had their lands, their cultures, their spirituality taken from them because of people like you! How dare you try to use them so as to bolster your chances for re-election!

I sincerely hope that Tuesday, all that power that you have wielded and used for your own ends for far too long is finally yanked away from you!

pilamaye on October 31, 2010 at 9:22 AM

On a bunch of righty blogs.

mankai on October 31, 2010 at 12:12 AM

Of course on a bunch of righty blogs. You expected maybe the NYT?

This needs to be viralized, even if she wins. The stink of corruption must never again be masked by cheap room deodorizer.

warbaby on October 31, 2010 at 9:48 AM

The part I find more troubling than Boxer’s blatant corruption is the fact that the Hill has “disappeared” the story. Why? Censorship, or self-censorship? Either one is highly disturbing.

Zumkopf on October 31, 2010 at 1:53 PM

To the Honorable Representative Darrell Issa,

After next Tuesday, this great nation’s citizens would greatly appreciate your aggressive investigation into all things corrupt in the US government, including:
1) DOJ lack of pursuit voter rights fraud;
2) every single act of corruption performed by “the most ethical congress, evah”!; and
3) anything else you can find!!!!

Although President Obama will prevent truly fiscally conservative legislation from passing, however, you can help initate real change if you were to,

“Cry havoc, and let slip the Dogs of War!”

Danny on October 31, 2010 at 6:59 PM

It’s still true, though – take it from someone who lives here. As I pointed out here

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 8:44 PM

and here

warbaby on October 30, 2010 at 9:38 PM

the county of Sonoma is, and has been, in the grasp of the foulest corruption I’ve ever encountered after living all over the country for 65 years.

Barbara Boxer and Lynn Woolsey are at the center of this situation, period. This must not be allowed to disappear.

warbaby on November 1, 2010 at 8:26 PM