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Matthews was discussed here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/11/02/largest-donor-to-mississippi-senator-wickers-re-election-campaign-is-palm-beach-florida-investor/

A Trump connected casino designer named Friedmutter, who lives in Nevada, and a Canadian born Asian-Indian named Chawla, who is building Trump branded hotels in the Mississippi Delta, are among Roger Wicker’s largest donors. Big givers? Well, not really. Just big by Mississippi campaign standards, where people are poor and those who sell out apparently do it on the cheap. Unless, of course, more money is flowing under the table.

The Canadian-born Asian-Indian developer, Suresh Chawla, who is building/has recently built (new) Trump branded hotels in the Mississippi Delta (Cleveland) gave Wicker $15,000. See more about the Chawlas here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/hotelier-in-chief-here-are-the-trumps-new-hotels/

Friedmutter gave at least $20,000 to Roger Wicker’s Senate Campaign: http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?201810129124498139 And, Friedmutter gave $100,000 for Trump’s Inaugural committee, and $50,000 for “Trump Victory” in 2017. Friedmutter designed Trump’s casinos back in the day, and worked for the company which designed Trump Tower (constructed ca 1979). Friedmutter worked as project manager from 1978-1981 for the group which designed Trump Tower. Thus, it sounds like he was probably involved.


What’s especially weird about the Friedmutter donation is that Roger Wicker opposed a satellite casino for Mississippi’s own Choctaw, and yet he is taking money from a casino designer from Nevada, who is going to design a casino in Mississippi for Connecticut American Indians!

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, owner of Foxwoods Resort Casino wants to have a Foxwoods Resort Casino at Biloxi Pointe. This will be the tribe’s first out of state casino. (See: “Owners of one of the largest U.S. casinos signs to build in Biloxi“, by Mary Perez, June 7, 2016. http://web.archive.org/web/20180320033813/https://www.sunherald.com/news/business/casino-gambling/article82215097.html _

The Friedmutter Group was chosen to design the Foxwoods Resort Casino at Biloxi Pointe. “Architect chosen to give new Biloxi casino look of ‘old Biloxi’,” by Mary Perez, July 27, 2016, http://web.archive.org/web/20161103232543/https://www.sunherald.com/news/business/casino-gambling/article92121252.html

From 1978 to 1981 Friedmutter worked as a project manager for Conversano (who designed Trump Tower). The town of Conversano is in Bari, Italy. Bari is home to Italy’s most vicious mafia, Sacra Corona: “Casino Designer Conversano’s Legacy Stretches Tahoe To South Africa — Via Trump Tower“, by Muhammad Cohen, Oct 1, 2018, 01:40am, Forbes https://archive.is/goLUA

Friedmutter’s designs included the now defunct Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, NJ and the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He also worked on Bally’s Casino Tunica in Tunica, Mississippi (1993), Island View Casino Resort Hotel, Gulfport, MS, Expansion & Renovation, Phase 1, 2006; Phase 2, 2007, IP Hotel Resort Casino, Biloxi, MS, post-Katrina Renovation (A, ID), Isle of Capri Casino, Biloxi, MS, post-Katrina Renovation (A, ID), In 1997: Horseshoe Casino Hotel, Tunica, MS, Presidents Casino, Biloxi, MS, Renovations, Sheraton Casino and Hotel Tunica, Tunica, MS (1994). And, much, much more:

About Wicker and former Miss. Governor and BGR Group Lobbyist Haley Barbour’s opposition to expansion of the Mississippi Choctaw casinos: http://www.indiangaming.com/istore/Jan11_Mississippi.pdf