Sunday, December 18, 2005
Earth To Harry Reid...Earth To Harry Reid
Harry called Congress the "The most corrupt in history." Yeah, saying stuff like this is really a good morale boost for our enemies.
"Don't lump me in with Jack Abramoff. This is a Republican scandal," Reid told Fox News Sunday, saying he never received any money from Abramoff.
Now, Working For Change (yes, WFC!!!), notes:
Here are some of the players in Abramoff's world:
EDWARD AYOOB: Former veteran legislative aide to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, hired as a lobbyist by Abramoff. Reid, who undertook several actions favorable to Abramoff's clients, ultimately received more than $66,000 in Abramoff-related donations from 2001 to 2004. Ayoob held a fundraising reception for Reid at the offices of Abramoff's firm, Greenberg Traurig.
Writing on November 29, 2005, Dissident Voice states:
There are a handful of politicians currently under scrutiny. Rep. Tom DeLay is the most notable, but now in the hot seat are Senator Conrad Burns of Montana, Representative John Doolittle of California and Rep. Robert Ney of Ohio, Republicans all. But on the periphery, and I'm told a potential addition to the aforementioned list in the very near future, could be Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, a Democrat.
Last week the Associated Press reported that almost three dozen congress people moved to halt the construction of a Louisiana Indian casino while they simultaneously collected large donations from Jack Abramoff and his tribal clients. Senator Harry Reid was one of those elected officials.
Sen. Reid sent a letter to Interior Secretary Gale Norton on March 5, 2002, which was also signed by Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. "The next day, the Coushattas issued a $5,000 check to Reid's tax-exempt political group, the Searchlight Leadership Fund. A second Abramoff tribe sent another $5,000 to Reid's group. Reid ultimately received more than $66,000 in Abramoff-related donations between 2001 and 2004," the AP reported.
It was a political tit-for-tat. Reid opposed the construction of the casino and was paid handsomely for his choice. Another Democrat caught up in the legal chaos is former Senator John Breaux of Louisiana, who, according to tribal records, wrote Norton on March 1, 2002 about the same matter. Coushattas wrote a $1,000 check to his Senate campaign five days later and handed over $10,000 to his library fund.
Reid, like many members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, has received campaign contributions from Abramoff clients. Some lawmakers have returned those donations, but Reid gave no indication he would do so.
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