"In October 2001, the tribe paid Michael Scanlon $870,000 to create a grass roots political structure in Texas because it was told Texas was on the verge of legalizing gambling and that would devastate the Coushatta casino, which relies on customers from Houston, the Senate panel was told.
'Our vulnerability simply provided an opportunity to steal and they hit the jackpot with us,' Sickey said of lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his partner, Scanlon."
I may have picked a stronger word than "vulnerability", but I see their point. They happened to be native americans, but they could just as easily have been the elderly or poor children. I don't think Abramov's group would have cared.