Lobbyist Holly Cook Macarro raises big sums for Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail with Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. Photo from Facebook

Prominent Indian lobbyist Holly Cook Macarro has raised $431,000 for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, The Washington Post reports.

As a bundler, Macarro was one of the lobbyists who raised the most money for the Hillary Victory Fund, the paper reported. The fund is a joint effort of Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Macarro is a member of the Red Lake Nation who worked at the White House during the Bill Clinton administration. She is now a partner at Ietan Consulting, an Indian law, lobbying and policy firm.

Macarro is married to Mark Macarro, the chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. The tribe, based in California, has donated $144,100 to the DNC, including $100,200 for the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

Clinton is set to claim her party's nomination at the convention, which runs from July 25-28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A significant number of Native Democrats are hosting meetings throughout the week and are serving as delegates for their respective states.

Ahead of the event, Clinton is expected to announce her pick for vice president. She is narrowing her choices to a list that includes Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and James G. Stavridis, a retired four-star Navy admiral, according to The Post and The New York Times.

Kaine is a former governor of Virginia who has consistently supported federal recognition for tribes in the state. He introduced S.465, Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act, a bill that awaits action on the Senate floor.

As the leader of the Department of Agriculture, Vilsack he helped settle the Keepseagle lawsuit over discrimination faced by Native farmers and ranchers. He has worked to open more programs to Indian Country during his tenure.

Clinton is expected to announce her running mate at an event in Miami, Florida, on Saturday, The Times reported.

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Tribal Nations to Democratic National Committee:
Agua Caliente Band Donation 1 | Agua Caliente Band Donation 2 | Gila River Donation | Pechanga Band Donation 1 | Pechanga Band Donation 2 | Shakopee Mdewakanton Donation | Table Mountain Donation

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