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Reid Used Campaign Money For Gifts – In 2006

Here is a repost of an article we first posted back October 2006, via the Associated Press:

Reid used campaign money for Christmas bonuses

JOHN SOLOMON | 10/17/2006

WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid paid cash for a $750,000 condo at the Ritz-Carlton where he lives.

Ever wonder how a man who makes $193,400 a year has $750,000 in cash lying around for a second home?

But when it comes to giving the doorman and other support staff Christmas bonuses, he’s been using campaign donations instead of his own money…

Democrats are always generous — with other people’s money.

Questioned about the campaign expenditures by The Associated Press, Reid’s office said yesterday his lawyers had approved them but he nonetheless was personally reimbursing his campaign for the $3,300 he had directed to the staff holiday fund at his residence.

Reid is always happy to pay up when he gets caught and the word gets out.  But how come the AP tipped off Reid before they reported this story? (Hint: so he could pay back the money before anybody heard about it.)

Reid also announced he was amending his ethics reports to Congress to more fully account for a Las Vegas land deal — highlighted in an AP story last week — that allowed him to collect $1.1 million in 2004 for property he hadn’t personally owned in three years…

Note to self: If you get caught in a shady land deal, all you have to do is ‘amend’ your ethic report. And there is no problem.

On the Ritz-Carlton holiday donations, Reid gave $600 in 2002, then $1,200 in 2004 and $1,500 in 2005 from his re-election campaign to an entity listed as the REC Employee Holiday Fund. His campaign listed the expenses as campaign “salary” for two of the years and as a “contribution” one year.

Reid’s office said the listing as salary was a “clerical error” and that the use of campaign money for the residential fund was approved by his lawyers. “I am reimbursing the campaign from my own pocket to prevent this issue from being used in the current campaign season to deflect attention from Republican failures,” he said…

Yes, it was just “a clerical error” when you buy thousands of dollars worth of gifts using other people’s money and then claim it is “salary.”

Federal election law permits campaigns to provide “gifts of nominal value” but prohibits candidates from using political donations for personal expenses, such as mortgage, rent or utilities for “any part of any personal residence.” …

Apparently, Harry Reid is a slow learner.

On the land dealings, Reid announced yesterday he had failed to disclose two other transactions on his prior ethics reports and would account for those on his amended reports along with the 2001 sale.

The first, he said, involved the 2004 sale of about one-third acre of land he owned in his hometown of Searchlight, Nev. And he said he had not reported his ownership since 1985 of a quarter acre of land his brother gave him in 1985.

Reid said the failure to disclose those transactions previously was due to “clerical errors” and they amounted to “two minor matters that were inadvertently left off my original disclosure forms.”

Yet another “clerical error.” Which are fine as pie as long as it’s Democrat involved.

But if  “clerical errors” are made by someone with an R after their names, Harry Reid and the lickspittle media would call it “corruption.” And they would be hounded to resign from office

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Reid Used Campaign Money For Gifts – In 2006”

  1. spiffy says:

    He is such a crook . He has his family at the trough now .So we will be paying for generations.
    Keep it up Steve, This guy is so corrupt it’ stinks to high heaven’.

  2. canary says:

    Aside nepostism, none of the junk jewelry and crafts his daughter sold was worth $50 per gift.

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