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Posted on 10/17/2006 8:02:00 PM PDT by bitt
Scandal: As the FBI raids Curt Weldon's daughter's house, Harry Reid's sons have benefited from their father's influence undisturbed. Meanwhile, Reid puts campaign funds to personal use and seeks a do-over on his ethics statements.
We never cease to be amazed at the double standard applied to the morals and ethics of Democrats and Republicans in Congress. We've already commented on how Republican Mark Foley was forced to resign for sending lewd e-mails to congressional pages, while Democrat Gerry Studds received mere censure and standing ovations after actually having sex with one, being allowed to serve until he decided to retire.
But the case of Senate Minority Leader Reid is a double standard on steroids. The latest episode is his request to file an "amended" ethics statement after the Associated Press revealed he made $1.1 million on a $400,000 investment on property he hadn't owned for three years; it was the subject of an earlier editorial on these pages.
In a statement issued after the AP story, Reid said: "I directed my staff to file amended financial disclosure forms noting that in 2001 I transferred title to the land to a Limited Liability Corporation."
Reid said he agreed to file the amended reports because, "I believe in ensuring all facts come to light." And if you believe that, the senator probably has some oceanfront property in Nevada to sell you.
We've also reported on Reid's questionable involvement and compensation in another Nevada real-estate deal involving lobbyist and developer Harvey Whittemore, who plied Reid with campaign contributions and employed Reid family members. In return, Reid greased the skids for Whittemore, who made millions in profits once inconvenient environmental obstacles were overcome.
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Hey, Harry's going to "fix" it all. Then he will do some more "fixing" for his relatives. This deserves four barf bags.
The question for me is who is directing the traffic of the investigations and non-investigations? Did the Bush administration leave that many Klintoon stooges in place at the Justice Department that they still have control like this? I can't figure out any other explanation.
I'm sure this excellent column will just give Reid a little extra aggravation, but I'm glad it's "out there" anyway. One thing for sure, we'll never hear the word "corruption" out of Reid or Pelosi.
stooges in the CIA, FBI, Justice dept, etc...
this might be promising as a start-up
Reid faces FEC complaint
By Elana Schor
"Conservative group Citizens United yesterday announced plans to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) about Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) use of campaign funds to contribute to the Christmas fund in his condominium.
Reid, taking heat for his failure to report on annual financial disclosures that he had transferred ownership of land in suburban Las Vegas to a limited liability corporation, said Monday he would reimburse his campaign committee for $3,300 in annual donations to the Ritz-Carlton Christmas fund to stave off any allegations of ethical impropriety.
Citizens United President David Bossie, not satisfied by this, said he would dispute the issue with the FEC.
"Senator Reid knows better than to use political contributions for personal services," Bossie said in a statement. He made waves in conservative circles for his recent call that Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) resign in the wake of the former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) congressional page scandal.
One Democratic leadership aide, firing back at GOP attempts to impugn Reid's record, pointed to a 1992 FEC complaint filed against Bossie by former President George H.W. Bush. That complaint stemmed from a Citizens United ad asking voters to call a phone number that played fake conversations between former President Clinton and alleged mistress Gennifer Flowers.
Reid's office referred requests for comment to Reid's Monday statement on his reimbursement ..."
You're joking, of course? No one touches Dirty Harry or his Las Vegas cronies, many of whom, including the mayor, have mob connections.
It's like we are the basketball team who always plays the other team, plus the refs! We win anyway, even with the handicap!
Bozell Column: Harry Reid Can't Bleed
Posted by Brent Bozell on October 17, 2006 - 17:14.
Democrats across America are measuring the drapes for the majority in the House and the Senate, preparing to swear in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. One of their major talking points this year has been the Republican majoritys culture of corruption.
In January on PBS, Jim Lehrer asked Sen. Reid why lobbying reform was moving so slowly. Reid replied, Jim, it's taken a while for this culture of corruption the Republicans have developed to come into the fore.Aspiring Speaker Pelosi just gave a speech at Georgetown University pledging to drain the swamp of GOP corruption on Capitol Hill. The Democratic National Committee even had a page on their website devoted to the Republican Culture of Corruption.
But that Culture of Corruption page on the DNC home page has disappeared. Something funny happened on the way to the polls this year. The Democrats have shown they have their own contemporary ethical problems. Luckily for them, it probably wont matter much on November 7. The national news media have decided to ignore them.
Look no further than Senator Reid himself. Associated Press reporters John Solomon and Kathleen Hennessy reported that Senator Reid scored a windfall of $700,000, turning a $400,000 real-estate investment in Las Vegas in 1998 to a $1.1 million land deal in 2004 even though he apparently had sold the property to a casino lobbyist buddy in 2001. He did not report the facts on his Senate financial disclosure forms while he served on the Senate Ethics Committee. When AP called Reid for comment, he hung up on them. You would think that an aggressive, fair and balanced media would have been incensed and activated. But we dont have a fair and balanced national media.
It should be said that major newspaper editorial pages were not impressed with Reids defense. The Washington Post suggested Mr. Reid's professions of transparency and full disclosure are transparently wrong.
But the network distaste for saying anything critical of the Democratic leader was obvious. ABC aired nothing. CBS aired nothing. NBCs Chip Reid offered a few words on Nightly News after the latest full story on Foley fallout. There was no Harry fallout.
CNN stood out as especially pathetic. On CNNs American Morning the day after the Reid story broke (and nearly two weeks after Foley resigned), they aired 18 minutes of Foley stories, and 35 seconds on Harry Reid. On The Situation Room, Wolf Blitzer quarantined the Reid story to little dribs and drabs heavy on Reid protesting his innocence. Meanwhile, CNN was devoting minutes to more substantial stories, like Arnold Schwarzenegger joking on the Tonight show that connecting him to Bush was like connecting him to an Oscar. Toxic Bush now thats Blitzer-tickling news.
But the networks were not alone in displaying fall-campaign favoritism. The New York Times put its Harry Reid story the next day on page A-19. The headline? Senator to Amend Financial Forms. Could the Times have possibly come up with a better please dont bother to read this, no real scandal here headline?
In case youre wondering if the Times favors Democrats on scandal stories, this was the Page One headline on the very same day: Foley Case Snags Incumbent In Ohio Race for House Seat. Reporter Adam Nagourney found Republican House leader Deborah Pryce in deep trouble in Columbus. On that day, the Foley news spilled over into 74 column inches of text and pictures. By contrast, the Reid story was merely 18 column inches. Clearly, the Times doesnt hide its partisan priorities.
How about the news magazines? Last week their covers taunted and jeered at Republicans. Times cover showed the back of an elephants behind, signaling a goodbye to Republican corruption. Newsweek had a big picture of Mark Foley with the words Off Message. This week, Time has a cover hailing the greatness of liberal Democrat Senator Barack Obama. Neither one even mentioned Harry Reid. U.S. News mentioned Reid, but not his disclosure forms. They merely warned Republican leaders trying to outrun their own scandals would attack Reid and Pelosi.
This week, another little story erupted, again featuring Senator Reid. He was paying a few thousand dollars in Christmas bonuses to employees of his condominium at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, out of his campaign funds, not his own wallet. Thats a clear violation of campaign laws. And besides, isnt this a juicy story by todays TV standards? The Senate Democratic leader, living at the Ritz-Carlton? And tipping the hired help with someone elses money at Christmas time?
Predictably, NBC gave it a few seconds. The other networks did nothing. The papers buried it inside. And they wonder why there are bumper stickers saying Dont Trust the Liberal Media.
If so, my point would be that Democrats never quit, no matter how sleazy, even if someone dies in the scandal.
So is Soros involved with dirty Harry too?
how about Murtha?? Didn't he get lobbyists to help his brother or something to that affect???
Alas, we no longer even have a conservative Attorney General.
Shameless money schemes stain Congress' reputation
Posted 10/17/2006 9:46 PM
Congress is supposed to be a body of public servants people who pass up more lucrative professions for a chance to influence policy and improve constituents' lives.
These days, however, it is getting harder to see the sacrifice in congressional service. An extraordinary number of representatives and senators well beyond the proverbial few bad apples are devising schemes to supplement their annual $165,200 benefit-rich pay packages.
The schemes, often entered into with a breathtaking audacity and sense of personal entitlement, are corrosive to democracy, injurious to the reputations of the many honest and diligent lawmakers, and illustrative of the adage that power corrupts.
The tactics are many and varied. They range from setting up close relatives as highly paid lobbyists to cashing in on sweet investment deals. What unites them is a sense of utter shamelessness. A few examples:
Family ties. An investigation by USA TODAY published Tuesday found rampant nepotism surrounding the House and Senate appropriations committees. In at least 30 cases, a committee member or a key aide was lobbied by a spouse or other family member. Last year alone, spending bills contained about $750 million for projects championed by those lobbyists or their firms.
Though the appropriations panels are known as "favor factories," they are hardly the only ones where such unsavory practices are common. House Armed Services Committee member Curt Weldon, R-Pa., for instance, has caught the attention of the FBI, which wants to know whether he improperly steered lobbying contracts to his daughter's firm. On Monday, agents raided her house.
Easy money. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., is the subject of a federal probe for collecting more than $300,000 over nine years in rent from a non-profit for which he helped obtain federal funding. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., made a $700,000 profit from a $400,000 land investment he entered into with a prominent Las Vegas casino lawyer. Reid, the Senate minority leader, failed to fully disclose his partnership with the lawyer.
Direct action. Reps. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., and Charles Taylor, R-N.C., are among the members who have personally benefited from measures they inserted into spending bills. Taylor is a wealthy landowner who has benefited financially from road improvements in his district that he championed. Mollohan has set up a network of non-profits run by business partners to which he has steered tens of millions of dollars. His net worth has soared as the result of his various partnerships.
Some of these schemes are legal, but members of Congress shouldn't be operating under the standard that anything short of an indictable offense is acceptable. And even what's illegal hasn't proved to be a huge deterrent. Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., is under investigation and is said by the FBI to be on videotape accepting $100,000 in cash $90,000 of which ended up in his freezer. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham,R-Calif., and Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, have pleaded guilty to public corruption."....more....
A light bulb went off when you mentioned mob connections. I wonder if some of Bush's decisions or failure to act as we want him to, has anything to do with threats he may have gotten.
I know this sounds off the wall, but doesn't it seem to you that Bush has changed? We have no way of knowing what kind of threats he gets!!!
here is the 1985 deal mentioned again:
On the land dealings, Reid announced Monday 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."
hmmmmm......2 USAToday stories....just coming out...
ping for later
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