Those halcyon days when Roger Stone fronted for Donald Trump against Indian casinos - 2020-02-13
It's worth recalling just how far back Roger Stone goes with Donald Trump. Back in the early 1990s, just as Trump's casinos were emerging from bankruptcy, Indian casinos were sprouting up as a result to a change in federal law. Trump viewed this development as a threat and spent more than $1 million on "lobbying efforts" against the Indian gaming industry.
Trump even testified before Congress, where he told lawmakers that the Indians running Foxwoods casino "did not look like real Indians." Trump also alleged that organized crime "is rampant — I don't mean a little bit — is rampant on Indian reservations."
In 2000, as New York was considering a law that would expand Indian casinos to the Catskills, Roger Stone, on Trump's behalf, secretly formed an astroturf group called the "New York Institute for Law and Society," which ran ads in the area accusing the Mohawk Indian tribe of having mob ties. The ads featured cocaine and syringes, asking viewed "Are these the new neighbors we want?" The "group" claimed it was funded by 12,000 "grass-roots, pro-family" donors but it was 100 percent funded entirely by Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, Inc., with Roger Stone as its front man.