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Dodd Got $1.3B Casino A $54M Stimulus

Speaking of corrupt Connecticut politics, we have this from Fox News:

Lynn Malerba is chief of the Mohegan tribe, which won $54 million in federal money.

Dodd Helps Casino Earning $1.3B Get $54M in Taxpayer Money

June 19, 2010

Retiring Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., helped a casino that earned $1.3 billion last year hit a $54 million jackpot in federal money.

The Mohegan tribe, owners of the Mohegan Sun — one of the largest casinos in the country — has secured a $54 million loan funded with stimulus through Dodd’s help.

The Mohegan Sun is the second largest casino in the United States, and it may be the second largest in the world. The largest is the Foxwoods Resort Casino, which is also located in Connecticut and also owned by Indians.

"Throughout his career, Sen. Dodd and the entire Connecticut delegation have worked tirelessly to secure jobs and economic prosperity for the state of Connecticut," a Dodd spokesman said in a statement to the Hartford Courant. "That is why he supported the economic recovery package, as well as the Mohegan Tribe’s loan application, because it will create and preserve local jobs."

Of the $54 million to the Mohegan tribe, $31.5 million will be used to construct an educational center and $22.2 million to build a community center, according to the Agriculture Department

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a written statement that the projects "not only provide needed infrastructure in rural communities, they contribute to the Obama administration’s continued efforts to turn the economy around and create quality jobs."

"The Recovery Act is working," Vilsack said. "These projects, and others like them, are contributing to fully restore the American economy while improving the quality of life in towns and small cities throughout the country."

Chuck Bunnell, a tribe spokesman and former aide to Dodd, told the Hartford Courant that the money will put more than 100 people back to work on a stalled project.

The building will house the tribe’s library, archives, tribal court, health and human services, Bunnell said.

"It has nothing to do with the casino," he said.

Bunnell told the newspaper that the tribe initially bankrolled the project from its own coffers, most of it stemming from the casino operation. But after the recession hit, tightening the credit markets, the tribe applied for the federal loan last year for the $75 million project that was scaled down from its initial price tag of $90 million, Bunnell said…

The recession does seem to have affected the Mohegan Sun. The casino raked in $1.62 billion in revenues in 2007.

So it’s easy to see how they would need to have their community center and library funded by the US taxpayer.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Dodd Got $1.3B Casino A $54M Stimulus”

  1. canary says:

    How can Vilsack say this project & others like them, are helping the American economy in throughout the country.

    The Indians will have 100% total control of the project, job hiring, and will get 100% profit, or perhaps it will be a non-profit community center & educational center.

    “The Recovery Act is working,” Vilsack said. “These projects, and others like them, are contributing to fully restore the American economy while improving the quality of life in towns and small cities throughout the country.”

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    We have finally seen where the “shovel ready” jobs are a success.
    Mr. Dodd should be castrated for shoveling Fed money to an ubber rich Indian Casino.
    This makes this writer wonder how much ‘stimulus’ did the corrupt Dodd ass(t)imilate?

  3. proreason says:

    The Repubs should make this into a national TV ad and pound it home in September and October.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “the money will put more than 100 people back to work on a stalled project. “

    …Happy days are heeeerrre again!!!

    “It has nothing to do with the casino,” he said.

    Which of course means, it has everything to do with the casino.

    What I DO like about the MSM is how they proudly describe, sometimes in great detail, crimes and criminal activity without ever realizing that that’s what it is. Their naivte’ is staggering. Here is a piece that lauds Dodd’s actions and makes him out to be some sort of saint for “saving the Indians” who, as we all know are still struggling in their teepees and living in squalor in Connecticut, etc. Therefore the multi-billion dollar casinos they have can’t even begin to cover their needs (as originally intended 20-25 years ago). But the article points out through its omission that what Dodd did is probably illegal and at the very least, unethical. But then, what’s ethics to a big power-broker like Chris “The Dud” Dodd?

    Politicians=thieves in nice clothes.

    • Right of the People says:

      Rusty,

      You forget Dodd doesn’t have to worry about re-election now since he dropped out. Look for more graft and sweet deals from the ‘Lil Chrissy before his term is up.


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