Harry Reid [D-NV] The Most Corrupt Senator In DC

Harry Reid [D-NV] The Most Corrupt Senator In DC
October 17, 2006 – Washington, DC – PipeLineNews.org – Harry “The Fixer” Reid: “so don’t lump me in with Jack Abramoff, this is a Republican scandal. Don’t try to give any of it to me.” – Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), “Fox News Sunday,” December 18, 2005 But a recent press report cited Reid among the “first tier” of lawmakers under investigation by the Justice Department probe of “influence peddling” by lobbyist Jack Abramoff – Jerry Seper and Audrey Hudson, “Abramoff-Linked Probe Focuses On 5 Lawmakers,” The Washington Times, January 11, 2006 Fixer Reid: “any money that I received had no fingerprints of Jack Abramoff on it.” – Senator Harry Reid, Press Conference With Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO) and candidate Jim Pederson (D-AZ), Phoenix, AZ, January 10, 2006 But from1991-2000, Reid received zero contributions from the follwoing non-Nevada Indian tribes, but as soon as the tribes were clients of Abramoff, Reid received over $50,000 from them. 1. Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (California) contributed $19,500 to Reid between 2001 and 2004
2. Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana (Louisiana) contributed $5,000 to Reid 2001 between 2001 and 2004
3. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (Mississippi) contributed $7,000 to Reid between 2001 and 2004
4. Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan (Michigan) contributed 19,000 to Reid between 2001 and 2004 – Source, Campaign Finance Analysis Project Website, http://www.campaignfinanceanalysisproject.com, Accessed January 12, 2006
Fixer Reid: “Eddie Ayoob didn’t work for Jack Abramoff, he worked for a 1,000 member law firm” – Erica Werner, “Reid Says His ‘Conscience Is Clear” Despite GOP Abramoff Attacks,” The Associated Press, January 18, 2006) But “Abramoff did hire as one of his lobbyists Edward P. Ayoob, a veteran Reid legislative aide.” – Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and Derek Willis, “Democrats Also Got Tribal Donations,” The Washington Post, June 3, 2005 Ayoob was a member of “Team Abramoff.” “Abramoff assembled a group of lobbyists that some in the media have dubbed “Team Abramoff.”…they included Ayoob, a former aide to Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who is now the Senate minority leader.” – Paul Barton, “Lincoln Aide, Others Say $2,000 Isn’t Abramoff-Linked,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, January 6, 2006 Fixer Reid blasted Republicans for “inviting lobbyists inside our nation’s capitol.” Fixer Reid today: “And then, we have the Republican “K-Street Project,” which has invited lobbyists inside our nation’s Capitol, as long as they are willing to pay the right price…When we make leaders accountable to people, not lobbyists, there is no limit to how far America can go.” – Senator Harry Reid [D-NV], “The Real State Of Our Union,” Center For American Progress, January 24, 2006 Fixer Reid knows a bit about lobbyists inside our nation’s capitol: his family members used to lobby his own staffers! When it comes to family members who lobby the government, “Reid is in a class by himself.” “At least 17 senators and 11 members of the House have children, spouses or other close relatives who lobby or work as consultants, most in Washington . . . . But Harry Reid is in a class by himself. One of his sons and his son-in-law lobby in Washington for companies, trade groups and municipalities seeking Reid’s help in the Senate. A second son has lobbied in Nevada for some of those same interests, and a third has represented a couple of them as a litigator. In the last four years alone, their firms have collected more than $2 million in lobbying fees from special interests that were represented by the kids and helped by the senator in Washington. So pervasive are the ties among Reid, members of his family and Nevada’s leading industries and institutions that it’s difficult to find a significant field in which such a relationship does not exist.” (Chuck Neubauer and Richard T. Cooper, “In Nevada, The Name To Know Is Reid,” Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2003) Fixer Reid’s Sons And Son-In-Law Used To Lobby Reid’s Own Staff On Pending Legislation Affecting Nevada. “In an internal memo, [Reid chief of staff Susan] McCue said Reid’s family members had lobbied his staff by ‘supplying research, technical support and strategic guidance.’ She described them as ‘effective advocates for their clients.’” (Chuck Neubauer and Richard T. Cooper, “In Nevada, The Name To Know Is Reid,” Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2003) Fixer Reid Said He Saw No Problem With His Sons Lobbying His Staffers Until The Los Angeles Times Started Asking Questions. “Reid said in an interview that he sees no problem with lobbying by relatives, because lobbyists’ activities are ‘very transparent.’ . . . In September 2001, Reid sent a letter to his staff telling them that he had sought guidance from the Senate Ethics Committee and had been advised that there was no restriction on lobbying by a relative of a senator. He told his staff to treat his family members who were lobbyists no better or worse than any other lobbyist. Soon after The Times interviewed him about his children’s activities last fall, the senator decided to ban relatives from lobbying his office entirely. The ban applies to members of Reid’s family but not to colleagues at the firms where they work, such as former Sen. Bryan.” (Chuck Neubauer and Richard T. Cooper, “In Nevada, The Name To Know Is Reid,” Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2003) From 2001-2002, The Law Firm Of Harry Reid’s Sons And Its Clients Identified By The Los Angeles Times Contributed Over $150,000 To Reid’s Leadership PAC In Soft Money. According to records filed with the Internal Revenue Service, Harry Reid’s leadership PAC, Searchlight Leadership Fund, received over $150,000 in unregulated and unlimited soft money from Lionel Sawyer & Collins and the entities which the Los Angeles Times found it represents. (Political Money Line Website, http://www.tray.com, Accessed January 17, 2006) Fixer Reid’s Office Eventually Instituted A Policy To Prohibit His Family Members From Lobbying His Office, AFTER Completion Of A Bill That Benefited His Family’s Clients. “Reid spokesman Tessa Hafen said Monday it was coincidence that the policy was issued after completion of the land bill.” (Tony Batt, “Lobbying Congress: Senator Downplays Family Ties,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 24, 2003)  

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