WASHINGTON - Ralph Reed denied wrongdoing Thursday amid the release of documents showing money from a casino-operating Indian tribe helped fund his anti-gambling efforts in Alabama. The documents also indicate those funds went toward his race for Republican chairman of Georgia.
Reed's GOP foe for lieutenant governor is demanding that the former Christian Coalition director be more forthcoming. A spokesman for Casey Cagle says Reed's opponent wants the release of a full donor list from his 2001 campaign to lead the state party.
The documents were released by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee as part of its investigation into lobbyist Jack Abramoff and political consultant Michael Scanlon. The pair stands accused of profiting from both sides in the battle over a Texas Indian casino and defrauding six tribes out of millions of dollars.
One e-mail by Abramoff instructs that $10,000 from the Mississippi Band of Choctaws be donated to Reed's campaign for party chairman in Georgia. A Reed spokeswoman says the amount was actually $55,000 and Reed assumed the donation was from Abramoff, not a tribe.
Reed was active in a successful campaign to close a Texas casino
and an effort to derail video poker in Alabama.