The Associated Press reports:
The bulk of the contributions this year is flowing to the campaigns over four Indian gambling compacts – propositions 94 through 97. The proposals would allow four Southern California tribes – the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation – to add 17,000 slot machines at their casinos. The four tribes and their allies have raised $101 million, almost all of it coming from the tribes.
This news report confirms a point that we discussed in class: that groups with an unusually deep stake in a policy area will have an incentive to bear the cost of organizing. Check out campaign finance disclosures. You can see the same thing in ads for and against the measures: