Native American Republican Super PAC formed in California
Posted by nick kump on July 16, 2012
According to the latest FEC filings, a new political action committee has been formed in Sacramento named the Native American Republican Super PAC.
As the name clearly indicates, the focus of the group will be on advancing Native American interests through conservative candidates and initiatives.
When many Californians think of Tribes in California, they think of the 64 casinos currently operating throughout the state. Although for many Tribes this has been a lucrative source of financial support, the concept of gambling and casinos is in stark contrast to the conservative values of many Republicans.
But as Kilma Lattin, one of the founders of the Native American Republican Super PAC described, beyond Indian gaming, Tribes and Republicans do share a lot of common ground. Both are strong supporters of our military – Native Americans have the highest per capita enlistment rate of any minority group going back even before the Revolutionary War. Both are also staunch advocates of self-determination and preserving the traditions of the past for future generations.
Lattin, a member of the Pala Band of Mission Indians in northeast San Diego County and former member of the Tribal Council, also stated, “Republicans have the right ideas to spur growth in the economy, and Tribes should be paying attention because a strong U.S. economy will give Americans the discretionary income necessary to visit Tribal enterprises.”
Lattin, who recently graduated at the top of his class with an MBA from USC and is a former U.S. Army Aviation Officer continued, “If the U.S. economy is doing well, then Tribal economies are doing well also. Democrats continue to ‘double down’ on Keynesian Economic Theories, mainly federal spending. This recycling of tax dollars does nothing to promote the generation of new dollars. Continued federal spending and ‘public works projects’ along with increased healthcare costs on businesses, and the possibility of new taxes on top earners do not promote a safe environment for businesses to invest.”
The Native American Republican Super PAC notes that over the last decade Tribes in California have progressed to be some of the most influential groups in politics today, but much of that influence has gone toward a wide variety of candidates to further the specific interests of the Tribe. This super PAC is unique because of its blend of a conservative agenda with the relatively new-found influence of Indian Tribes.
The Native American Republican Super PAC has said it is looking to hit the ground running and expects to be involved substantially in the election this November. Lattin and other leaders of the Native American Republican Super PAC are currently soliciting contributions from the 110 Tribes throughout the state.