By PE Politics
March 10, 2010 2:09 PM

Some Inland tribes with casinos are among the state’s top political spenders since 2000, according to a new report from the state’s campaign-finance watchdog.

The Fair Political Practices Commission study found that 15 entities altogether spent more than $1 billion on campaigns and Capitol lobbying.

Topping the list was the California Teachers Association ($211,849,298), California State Council of Service Employees ($107,487,272) and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America ($104,912,997).

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians, near Banning, ranked fourth, with $83.6 million in spending. The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, near Temecula, was fifth, with $69.3 million.

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, which operates two casinos in the Coachella Valley, ranks tenth, with $49.01 million spent. And the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, near San Bernardino, is 19th, with $29.7 million spent.

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