Column: Bustamante still handling tribal funds
Monday, September 15, 2003

"Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante may have distanced himself legally from that controversial $3.8 million in Indian gaming money he took to run for governor - - but it turns out the greenbacks haven't gone too far.

Last Sunday, in an attempt to take the air out of the controversy -- and reverse his sinking poll numbers -- Bustamante announced he wouldn't spend the money on his campaign. Instead, he said, he'd shift "every dollar" of the gaming money (that came in over the $21,200 limit) to help defeat Prop. 54, an initiative on the same ballot that would bar the state from collecting racial data.

Yet it appears that Bustamante's campaign handlers -- not any existing "No on 54" organizations -- are going to have full control of the funds."

Get the Story:
Indian gaming money sticking to Bustamante (The San Francisco Chronicle 9/14)

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