As the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian tribe fought with the federal government, tribal leaders reached out to a powerful Washington lobbying firm and later to an influential congressman who could help their cause.
One of the tribe's lobbyists, Jack Abramoff, tried to help the tribe by talking with officials within the U.S. Department of the Interior. He, another lobbyist for the Mashpee, and the tribal members have together contributed at least $40,000 since 2003 to Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy.
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