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Ventura Stars in Pro-Tribal Gaming Ads

28 October 2004

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the Sacramento Bee: "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's buddy, Jesse Ventura, the independent ex-governor of Minnesota and former wrestling star, is the unexpected star of a statewide television ad accusing the governor of exploiting Indian tribes that operate casinos.

"'Tribal governments offered to share revenues with the state at the same rate other business pay - no less, no more,' says Ventura, whose once-blond, beefy persona is traded in for what might best be described as an Abraham Lincoln-meets-Harley Davidson, seated at a well-appointed desk.

"'That's not enough for Governor Schwarzenegger. He demands tribal governments pay three times more than other businesses. That's not fair. Didn't the governor promise a balanced budget without raising taxes? I guess it's OK to rip off Indians.'

"While he mentions no ballot measure directly, Ventura hopes to breathe life back into Proposition 70, a measure on Tuesday's ballot, which polls suggest has support from fewer than one-third of voters.

"It would give tribes, including the San Manuel Indians, 99-year monopolies on casino gambling in exchange for their agreeing to share with the state net revenues equivalent to the corporate tax rate, now about 8.8 percent.

"…The ad is being paid for by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, which has reported putting at least $10 million separately into the ballot campaign…"

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