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Reid Lies About Disclosing His Land Deals

From an unquestioning Politico:

Harry Reid not releasing his own tax returns

By DARREN GOODE and JONATHAN ALLEN | Monday August 6, 2012

LAS VEGAS — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid again deflected questions Monday about releasing his tax returns, even as he continued to pound the demand for Mitt Romney to make more of his own public.

Instead, Reid pointed to the financial disclosure forms he files as a member of Congress, which provide different information.

“I’m a member of Congress now, I don’t make too much money,” said Reid, whose net worth was estimated at $10 million in 2010. “But it’s all listed every year.”

Apparently, it’s easy to become worth $10 million dollars on a salary of $193,000 a year. (Which, in fact, Reid has only recently received as Majority Leader.)

By the way, notice that Reid thinks $193,000 a year is not" too much money." But he believes that an individual making $200,000 a year is too much money.

Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson told POLITICO last week that the majority leader will not release his tax returns, writing: “He’s not running for president…

No, Reid is just the second highest elected Democrat in the land.

He has of course released more than 30 years of detailed [personal finance disclosures]. There is exponentially more information available to the public about Sen. Reid’s financial life than there is about Mitt Romney’s.”

Conservatives have begun accusing Reid of hypocrisy for his attacks on Romney. And the Las Vegas Review-Journal — in a somewhat different context — on Monday resurrected a 1974 statement in which Reid said: “Any man or woman who will not be completely candid about his or her finances does not deserve to be in public office.”

Asked about that statement at a news conference Monday in Nevada, Reid responded: “In 1974, I wasn’t in Congress.

“All you have to do is go look,” he added. “I file every year, every stock trade, every piece of land I buy, all the money I have, it has the value of my homes, it’s got it all there.”

Let’s check the veracity of Mr. Reid’s statements, via an article we posted back in October 2006, from the Associated Press:

Reid got $1M in land sale

By JOHN SOLOMON and KATHLEEN HENNESSEY | October 11th, 2006

WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid collected a $1.1 million windfall on a Las Vegas land sale even though he hadn’t personally owned the property for three years, property deeds show.

In the process, Reid did not disclose to Congress an earlier sale in which he transferred his land to a company created by a friend and took a financial stake in that company, according to records and interviews.

"Reid did not disclose to Congress…"

The Nevada Democrat’s deal was engineered by Jay Brown, a longtime friend and former casino lawyer whose name surfaced in a major political bribery trial this summer and in other prior organized crime investigations. He’s never been charged with wrongdoing — except for a 1981 federal securities complaint that was settled out of court.

Land deeds obtained by The Associated Press during a review of Reid’s business dealings show:

– The deal began in 1998 when Reid bought undeveloped residential property on Las Vegas’ booming outskirts for about $400,000. Reid bought one lot outright, and a second parcel jointly with Brown. One of the sellers was a developer who was benefiting from a government land swap that Reid supported. The seller never talked to Reid.

– In 2001, Reid sold the land for the same price to a limited liability corporation created by Brown. The senator didn’t disclose the sale on his annual public ethics report or tell Congress he had any stake in Brown’s company. He continued to report to Congress that he personally owned the land.

"The senator didn’t disclose the sale on his annual public ethics report or tell Congress he had any stake in Brown’s company. He continued to report to Congress that he personally owned the land."

After getting local officials to rezone the property for a shopping center, Brown’s company sold the land in 2004 to other developers and Reid took $1.1 million of the proceeds, nearly tripling the senator’s investment. Reid reported it to Congress as a personal land sale.

The complex dealings allowed Reid to transfer ownership, legal liability and some tax consequences to Brown’s company without public knowledge, but still collect a seven-figure payoff nearly three years later.

Reid hung up the phone when questioned about the deal during an AP interview last week

See how open he is about his finances?

Senate ethics rules require lawmakers to disclose on their annual ethics report all transactions involving investment properties — regardless of profit or loss — and to report any ownership stake in companies.

Kent Cooper, who oversaw government disclosure reports for federal candidates for two decades in the Federal Election Commission, said Reid’s failure to report the 2001 sale and his ties to Brown’s company violated Senate rules.

"Reid’s failure to report the 2001 sale and his ties to Brown’s company violated Senate rules…"

"This is very, very clear," Cooper said. "Whether you make a profit or a loss you’ve got to put that transaction down so the public, voters, can see exactly what kind of money is moving to or from a member of Congress."

"It is especially disconcerting when you have a member of the leadership, of either party, not putting in the effort to make sure this is a complete and accurate report," said Cooper. "That says something to other members. It says something to the Ethics Committee."

Other parts of the deal — such as the informal handling of property taxes — raise questions about possible gifts or income reportable to Congress and the IRS, ethics experts said.

"Raise question about possible gifts or income reportable to Congress…"

Stanley Brand, former Democratic chief counsel of the House, said Reid should have disclosed the 2001 sale and that his omission fits a larger culture in Congress where lawmakers aren’t following or enforcing their own rules

"Reid should have disclosed the 2001 sale…"

SALE HIDDEN FROM CONGRESS

Reid and his wife, Landra, personally signed the deeds selling their full interest in the property to Brown’s company, Patrick Lane LLC, for the same $400,000 they paid in 1998, records show.

Despite the sale, Reid continued to report on his public ethics reports that he personally owned the land until it was sold again in 2004. His disclosure forms to Congress do not mention an interest in Patrick Lane or the company’s role in the 2004 sale.

"[His] disclosure forms to Congress do not mention an interest in Patrick Lane or the company’s role in the 2004 sale…"

It looks like Harry Reid is a dirty liar.

A very dirty liar.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Reid Lies About Disclosing His Land Deals”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    Google search: Harry Reid & pederasty. Lots of hits.

  2. canary says:

    There’s a dirty pervert rumor going around about Harry Reid, so maybe he sold the land to a Nevada stripper to keep her mouth shut.
    No telling.

  3. Chrispbass says:

    So…he sells land to an LLC,
    His name is not on the LLC
    LLC wants to build a shopping center
    Town/Commission says ‘no.’
    Reid’s name is dropped.
    Town/Commission says ‘yes’
    Profit. Almost 200%… not bad!
    I wonder if the Town/Commission were paid or simply threatened. Probably both.
    Nothing to see…move along people.

    I suppose that this is not even illegal but considering his political position he should be booted off the planet. Is this what we want from our representatives? One of the highest in office?

  4. GetBackJack says:

    It’s times like these I wish we had a King who, once in a while, could step in and say, “That’s enough. He’s done.” And then retreat to his King place. Because we have no mechanism in place to FORCE criminals like Harry and Nancy to play by the Rules.

    We;;, the Opposition is supposed to, but the Republicans are as useless as a salted slug.


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