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FBI, IRS, Secret Service raid Seeno family development offices (Ties to Harry Reid)
Contra Costa Times ^ | 2/19/2010 | RinaseaofDs

Posted on 02/19/2010 3:14:44 PM PST by RinaseaofDs

CONCORD — Federal agents raided the headquarters of the Seeno family development empire Thursday, hauling out stacks of documents from two office buildings at the heart of a 70-year-old home-building dynasty that has shaped much of East Bay suburbia.

About 30 agents from the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service criminal investigation division and the U.S. Secret Service served search warrants about 8 a.m. at the offices of Discovery Builders and the Albert D. Seeno Construction Co., both in the 4000 block of Port Chicago Highway.

Family owns the Peppermill Casino Group which owns a bunch of smaller casinos in Nevada.

(Excerpt) Read more at contracostatimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: corruption; raid; reid; seeno
Should be filed under breaking news

Here's just 2008's donations. I haven't looked any further back than this:

SEENO, ALBERT CONCORD, CA 94520 AD SEENO CONSTRUCTION/OWNER $2,300 G 03/28/2007

SEENO, ALBERT CONCORD, CA 94520 AD SEENO CONSTRUCTION/OWNER $2,300 P 03/28/2007

SEENO, ALBERT III PITTSBURG, CA 94565 DISCOVERY HOMES/FOUNDER $2,300 P 03/28/2007

SEENO, ALBERT III PITTSBURG, CA 94565 DISCOVERY HOMES/FOUNDER $2,300 G 03/28/2007

SEENO, DAVID CONCORD, CA 94524 SEENO CONSTRUCTION/EQUIPMENT OPERAT $2,300 P 03/28/2007

SEENO, DAVID CONCORD, CA 94524 SEENO CONSTRUCTION/EQUIPMENT OPERAT $2,300 G 03/28/2007

SEENO, JACQUELINE CONCORD, CA 94524 SEENO CONSTRUCTION/DEVELOPER $2,300 P 03/28/2007

SEENO, JACQUELINE CONCORD, CA 94524 SEENO CONSTRUCTION/DEVELOPER $2,300 G 03/28/2007

SEENO, NORINE E WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596 HOMEMAKER/HOMEMAKER $2,300 P 03/28/2007

SEENO, NORINE E WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596 HOMEMAKER/HOMEMAKER $2,300 G 03/28/2007

SEENO, SANDRA CONCORD, CA 94520 HOMEMAKER/HOMEMAKER $2,300 P 03/28/2007

SEENO, SANDRA CONCORD, CA 94520 HOMEMAKER/HOMEMAKER $2,300 G 03/28/2007

SEENO, THOMAS WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596 PEPPERMILL/OWNER $2,300 P 03/28/2007

SEENO, THOMAS WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596 PEPPERMILL/OWNER $2,300 G 03/28/2007

SEENO-MILES, STEPHANIE WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596 RETIRED/RETIRED $2,300 P 03/28/2007

1 posted on 02/19/2010 3:14:44 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: RinaseaofDs; onyx; Bahbah; Liz; STARWISE; SE Mom; maggief

UH...Follow the money! No pictures please!


2 posted on 02/19/2010 3:17:45 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: RinaseaofDs

Good to see the crooks have attracted some attention... I remember some of these folks dealings (personally).


3 posted on 02/19/2010 3:22:28 PM PST by elpinta (DC, TSA: things that make me puke.)
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To: RinaseaofDs; hoosiermama

I can’t get the posted link to work.


4 posted on 02/19/2010 3:23:09 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: onyx

I just checked it. Worked fine.

Also:

Al Seeno III has ties with the local NorCal Hell’s Angels. Seeno III is Seeno Jr’s son.

George Miller, D-Martinez also got a ton of money from Seeno contributors.


5 posted on 02/19/2010 3:28:10 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: RinaseaofDs

Obama losing control of FBI. . .or what. . .


6 posted on 02/19/2010 3:28:42 PM PST by cricket (Proud to be the 'Party of NO')
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To: elpinta

Fairly major attention too. Raided the offices yesterday at 8AM. They’ve built a fair share of the homes in the East Bay in the last 10 years.


7 posted on 02/19/2010 3:29:42 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: onyx

Maybe Busy.....We’re all hitting it at the same time.


8 posted on 02/19/2010 3:30:26 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: RinaseaofDs; onyx; maggief

Nanzi’s husband is connected to RE in the area....Any connections to him...Don’t remember his name/family name.


9 posted on 02/19/2010 3:31:48 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama

Yeah, the server was busy.

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~snip~

Campaign finance records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics indicate the family has made at least $516,000 in contributions to federal candidates since 1989.

California and Nevada politicians including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who heads the environment and public works committee; House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Martinez;


10 posted on 02/19/2010 3:38:20 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: hoosiermama

Paul Pelosi.

No, but Sal Evola is a member of the Seeno family that ran for office in Pittsburg, CA, another East Bay city. (City Council).

Couldn’t find any connections between Seeno and Pelosi.


11 posted on 02/19/2010 3:40:19 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: RinaseaofDs

Pittsburg and Antioch. UGH. But money is money and they have a lot from their real estate investments.


12 posted on 02/19/2010 3:40:28 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: hoosiermama

Even so, the business empire has afforded the Seenos hefty political influence: Campaign finance records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics indicate the family has made at least $516,000 in contributions to federal candidates since 1989.

That includes sizable contributions to national and state Democratic and Republican party organs, as well as to California and Nevada politicians including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who heads the environment and public works committee; House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Martinez; former Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo; David Harmer, a Republican who sought to succeed Tauscher in last year’s special election; and former House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo, R-Tracy.

In California, the secretary of state’s campaign finance database shows the company and members of the Seeno family have given at least $435,000 to various state candidates and causes over the past decade.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaigns and committees received at least $65,585 from the family and its businesses, while likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state Attorney General Jerry Brown’s campaigns received at least $45,500.

Among the family’s greatest beneficiaries has been Oakland mayoral candidate and former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata. The Seenos and their businesses gave at least $131,400 to his campaigns or committees under his control. Perata was the subject of a years-long FBI public corruption probe that ended this year with federal prosecutors declining to bring charges.


http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/search.php?name=seeno&state=CA&zip=&employ=&cand=&all=Y&sort=N&capcode=k2jb4&submit=Submit


13 posted on 02/19/2010 3:41:54 PM PST by maggief
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To: cricket

No they(Obama) take out Harry Reid themselves.Run someone else and maybe win vs. what would have been a sure loss of the seat.Get a new untarnished Leader of the Senate.Blame Reid for the way the Senate has been “broken”.


14 posted on 02/19/2010 3:46:18 PM PST by sportscaster (("LET'S ROLL"))
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To: elpinta

Yeah me too.

Corruption that spans the last 50yrs.

Nuff said.


15 posted on 02/19/2010 3:50:17 PM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: sportscaster

looks like Dingy has been made an offer he can’t refuse.

SEE:Breaking: Reid Signals Support For Reconciliation Vote On Public Option

He does as he’s told and Holder loses the evidence against him.It’s the ‘Chicago Way.’


16 posted on 02/19/2010 3:55:02 PM PST by sportscaster (("LET'S ROLL"))
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To: sportscaster

Holy $&!+.... I think you nailed it.....Man he is going to walk the plank


17 posted on 02/19/2010 4:08:54 PM PST by taildragger (Palin/Mulally 2012)
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To: RinaseaofDs

They donated to all our favorites:

“With the housing bubble’s loud burst in many of its core markets, Seeno homebuilding appears to have slowed dramatically. Its Web site lists just three “upcoming communities” — two in Oakley and one in Vacaville. At the same time, casino revenue across Nevada fell nearly 20 percent from 2006 to 2009.

Even so, the business empire has afforded the Seenos hefty political influence: Campaign finance records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics indicate the family has made at least $516,000 in contributions to federal candidates since 1989.

That includes sizable contributions to national and state Democratic and Republican party organs, as well as to California and Nevada politicians including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who heads the environment and public works committee; House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Martinez; former Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo; David Harmer, a Republican who sought to succeed Tauscher in last year’s special election; and former House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo, R-Tracy.

In California, the secretary of state’s campaign finance database shows the company and members of the Seeno family have given at least $435,000 to various state candidates and causes over the past decade.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaigns and committees received at least $65,585 from the family and its businesses, while likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state Attorney General Jerry Brown’s campaigns received at least $45,500.”

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_14426353?source=most_emailed&nclick_check=1


18 posted on 02/19/2010 4:14:29 PM PST by Califreak (Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver.)
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To: FastCoyote

ping


19 posted on 02/19/2010 4:15:57 PM PST by greyfoxx39 ("The Economy Is So Bad, Even 'Rosy Scenario' Lost Her Job"-Jim Geraghty)
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To: maggief

Yuck!

Perata.

I missed that.


20 posted on 02/19/2010 4:18:16 PM PST by Califreak (Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver.)
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To: sportscaster

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1383921/posts

In Nevada, Reid Is the Name to Know (Family represents nearly every major industry) [Archive]
LA Times ^ | 6/23/03 | Chuck Neubauer, Richard T. Cooper

In Nevada, Reid Is the Name to Know
Members of one lawmaker’s family represent nearly every major industry in their home state. And their clients rely on his goodwill.
By Chuck Neubauer and Richard T. Cooper, Times Staff Writers
June 23, 2003

WASHINGTON — It was the kind of legislation that slips under the radar here.

The name alone made the eyes glaze over: “The Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002.” In a welter of technical jargon, it dealt with boundary shifts, land trades and other arcane matters — all in Nevada.

As he introduced it, Nevada’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Harry Reid, assured colleagues that his bill was a bipartisan measure to protect the environment and help the economy in America’s fastest-growing state.

What Reid did not explain was that the bill promised a cavalcade of benefits to real estate developers, corporations and local institutions that were paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in lobbying fees to his sons’ and son-in-law’s firms, federal lobbyist reports show.

**SNIP**

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.

**SNIP**

Ethics Enforcer

**SNIP**

Reid said he has never used his position to steer business to his family members.

**SNIP**

Public Lands Go Private

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The bill freed about 18,000 acres near the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas for development and annexation, by releasing two parcels of land from “wilderness study” protection. Key Reid and former Sen. Bryan lobbied for those provisions, lobbyist reports show. City officials did not return phone calls from The Times.

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http://newsmine.org/content.php?ol=cabal-elite/w-administration/big-money/lobbyists-senators-sons.txt

THE SENATORS’ SONS

In Nevada, Reid Is the Name to Know
Members of one lawmaker’s family represent nearly every major industry in their home state. And their clients rely on his goodwill.
By Chuck Neubauer and Richard T. Cooper
Times Staff Writers

June 23, 2003

Second of two parts.

WASHINGTON — It was the kind of legislation that slips under the radar here.

The name alone made the eyes glaze over: “The Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002.” In a welter of technical jargon, it dealt with boundary shifts, land trades and other arcane matters — all in Nevada.

As he introduced it, Nevada’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Harry Reid, assured colleagues that his bill was a bipartisan measure to protect the environment and help the economy in America’s fastest-growing state.

What Reid did not explain was that the bill promised a cavalcade of benefits to real estate developers, corporations and local institutions that were paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in lobbying fees to his sons’ and son-in-law’s firms, federal lobbyist reports show.

The Howard Hughes Corp. alone paid $300,000 to the tiny Washington consulting firm of son-in-law Steven Barringer to push a provision allowing the company to acquire 998 acres of federal land ripe for development in the exploding Las Vegas metropolitan area.

Barringer is listed in federal lobbyist reports as one of Hughes’ representatives on the measure that his father-in-law introduced.

Other provisions were intended to benefit a real estate development headed by a senior partner in the Nevada law firm that employs all four of Reid’s sons — by moving the right-of-way for a federal power-transmission line off his property and onto what had been protected federal wilderness.

The governments of three of Nevada’s biggest cities — Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson — also gained from the legislation, which freed up tens of thousands of acres of federal land for development and annexation. All three were represented by Reid’s family members who contacted his staff on their clients’ behalf.

The Clark County land bill, which was approved in a late-night session just before Congress recessed in October, reflects a new twist in an old game: These days, when corporations and other interests want to cement a vital relationship with someone in Congress, they’re likely to reach out to hire a member of the family.

Reid said he supported the bill because it was good for Nevada — and not because it helped his family’s clients. And when it comes to lobbying relatives, he said, he has plenty of company.

“Lots of people have children, wives and stuff that work back here,” he said. “It is not as if a lot of cash is changing hands.”

Seeking favors is as old as the Capitol, but the new tendency to come at it from the side — through family members — may be a consequence of campaign-finance reform: As restrictions have tightened on traditional political giving, interest groups have cast about for new ways to ingratiate themselves.

Nothing strikes quite such a personal note as channeling fees or lucrative jobs to relatives — whether the relatives lobby Congress or perform other services. There are no restrictions. Neither House nor Senate rules bar the practice.

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, according to lobbyist reports, financial-disclosure forms and other state and federal records. Many are paid by clients who count on the related lawmaker for support.

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.

Reid’s chief of staff, Susan McCue, said he has had broad support in his state for the Clark County bill and other legislation that he has championed for those groups.

“In every instance, Sen. Reid acted in the best interest of the people of Nevada and Nevada’s economy,” she said.

In an internal memo, 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.”

Reid said he thought he might have had casual conversations about legislation with his family members but could not remember specific cases or times.

“Have they said something? I am sure they have,” he said. “I don’t have meetings with my children to go over business things.”

Reid’s sons — Rory, 40, Leif, 35, Josh, 31, and Key, 28 — work for Nevada’s largest law firm, Lionel Sawyer & Collins.

Rory Reid is a partner in the firm and was a Nevada lobbyist before his election to the Clark County Board of Commissioners in November. Leif Reid is a litigator who has represented mining and resort industry associations in Nevada.

Key Reid was hired to open the firm’s Washington office in 2002 and help lead its federal lobbying effort with former Sen. Richard H. Bryan (D-Nev.), who splits his time between the capital and Nevada.

Barringer, 47 and married to the senator’s daughter, Lana, is a lawyer, federal lobbyist and partner in the small Washington-based lobbying firm of McClure, Gerard and Neuenschwander.

Barringer and Reid’s sons declined to be interviewed by the Los Angeles Times.

Washington lobbying firms must file reports twice a year that disclose their clients and the names of the people representing them. Those reports show that, between them, Barringer and Key Reid have represented nearly every major industry in Nevada, from mining and real estate development to tourism and gambling to the city of Las Vegas. All of those clients rely on the senator’s goodwill on Capitol Hill.

Ethics Enforcer

Reid is the Senate’s minority whip, the chamber’s second-highest Democratic leader. He is also a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee.

During 16 years in the Senate, Reid has worked tirelessly to help his state.

The University of Nevada at Reno named a building after him as a thank-you for securing “tens of millions of dollars in federal funds for scientific research at the university,” including $8.25 million for earthquake studies, the school said.

The Nevada Mining Assn. gave Reid a lifetime achievement award. Throughout his career, the senator has fought tenaciously against hard-rock-mining reforms opposed by the industry. And the American Gaming Assn. honored Reid as one of “America’s Gaming Greats.” Again, Reid has consistently represented the industry’s positions, including opposition to a nationwide ban on college-sports betting.

“I’ve been proud to help educate America about the contributions gaming entertainment makes to Nevada and across the country,” Reid said upon receiving the award.

One of Reid’s relatives has represented each of those interests as a lawyer or lobbyist, according to lobbyist reports and court records.

Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., the president of the American Gaming Assn., understood the possible sensitivity involved in hiring a member of Reid’s family. He said he called the senator before retaining his son-in-law, Barringer.

“I told him I was thinking of hiring Steve and asked if that was a problem for him. Sen. Reid said, ‘If you need him, hire him,’ “ Fahrenkopf said. “I wouldn’t hire any senator’s son or son-in-law without checking first.”

Reid said he has never used his position to steer business to his family members.

The senator has special standing when it comes to questions of propriety. He is vice chairman — and former chairman — of the Ethics Committee, which has almost total discretion in setting the standards for senators’ conduct.

Reid said in an interview that he sees no problem with lobbying by relatives, because lobbyists’ activities are “very transparent.” That is, the law requires them to publicly report their clients and fees.

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.

“Sen. Reid has long held that elected leaders must take steps to prevent even the appearance of impropriety, and it has become clear this ban is necessary for that reason,” his chief of staff, McCue, said in a memo.

Public Lands Go Private

As a senator, Reid exerts a degree of power over local affairs that is unknown in most states.

That is because the federal government owns 87% of Nevada’s land; to a large extent, Washington decides whether cities and businesses can expand and where economic growth may occur. Even local zoning may become a federal matter.

Over the years, Reid has used legislation to move federal land into private hands and private land into the public realm. He says he has done so to preserve scenic and environmentally sensitive areas while freeing up more land for urban growth.

Such was the case with the Clark County legislation. It was co-sponsored by Nevada’s junior senator, Republican John Ensign, and the House version was introduced by Rep. James A. Gibbons (R-Nev.). President Bush signed it in November.

Reid praised it as balancing economic development with safeguarding natural resources. It placed an additional 440,000 acres of federal land under wilderness protection, he noted.

The bill also benefited at least five clients of Reid family lobbyists. And it contained a provision potentially worth millions of dollars to a senior partner of the law firm that employs Reid’s four sons, a provision that was dropped at the last minute after questions were raised in Washington.

The bill freed about 18,000 acres near the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas for development and annexation, by releasing two parcels of land from “wilderness study” protection. Key Reid and former Sen. Bryan lobbied for those provisions, lobbyist reports show. City officials did not return phone calls from The Times.

Barringer’s municipal clients also did well.

Lobbying reports show Barringer’s firm received $220,000 to lobby on the bill for the city of Henderson. While the city did not get everything it wanted, the bill freed up 4,000 federal acres on its outskirts for development and annexation. Sen. Reid also supported another transfer of federal land to a local irrigation project that paid Barringer’s firm to lobby on the provision. In each case, Barringer is listed by name as working for the government entities. Officials did not return phone calls from The Times.

Another Barringer client may have been the single biggest beneficiary of the legislation: the Howard Hughes Corp., a division of the giant Rouse real estate company and the biggest private landowner in Clark County.

Hughes wanted to expand its Summerlin planned community onto nearby federal land. In exchange for the federal land, Hughes proposed to swap 1,082 acres of rugged terrain scattered along the fringes of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

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21 posted on 02/19/2010 4:35:35 PM PST by maggief
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To: RinaseaofDs; maggief
Couldn’t find any connections between Seeno and Pelosi.

It just seems that being in the same neighbor hood and being in the same business with similar interest they MUST be some connection....even if it's a rivalry!

22 posted on 02/19/2010 4:56:56 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama

So far I have come up empty too.

Any connection may be indirect ...

http://www.muckety.com/Paul-Pelosi/4624.muckety

http://www.muckety.com/Paul-Pelosi-Jr/106259.muckety


23 posted on 02/19/2010 5:06:25 PM PST by maggief
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To: RinaseaofDs

A couple of entries on a local blog
http://claycord.blogspot.com/2010/02/fbi-raids-seenos-offices-in-concord.html makes one wonder why ICE wasn’t involved in the raid.


24 posted on 02/19/2010 5:07:21 PM PST by MurrietaMadman (Luke 23:31)
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To: maggief

Only thing That a appared were a couple of phrases referring to his “questionable real estate deals”....
Do we know the name is of his real estate company?

Among his stock holding is a large chunck of “starkist”


25 posted on 02/19/2010 5:21:53 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: sportscaster
No they(Obama) take out Harry Reid themselves.Run someone else and maybe win vs. what would have been a sure loss of the seat.Get a new untarnished Leader of the Senate.Blame Reid for the way the Senate has been “broken”.

Thanks; almost a perfect nutshell!

Does seem with Harry's connections; his 'golden' status per 'friends/family of Harry' that it might have been better to just let Harry fall on his own sword; rather than Obama, sticking it to through him. But perhaps; better now than later; or at least show Presidential efficiency and while flexing those power muscles. Guess these 'Progressives' don't do 'horse's head messaging'.

And why leave anything to chance. . .Yes, it all makes better sense.

26 posted on 02/19/2010 5:31:01 PM PST by cricket (Proud to be the 'Party of NO')
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To: hoosiermama

Anyone who knows more about tte Seeno Reid connection, please contact me. Also, anyone with Reid and the Alioto family.


27 posted on 02/19/2010 6:16:26 PM PST by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: FastCoyote; maggief; STARWISE; Liz; onyx; kristinn; Interesting Times; Bahbah; SE Mom; ...

Anyone who knows more about the Seeno Reid connection, please contact FASTCOYOTE. Also, anyone with Reid and the Alioto family information please pass it on also.


28 posted on 02/19/2010 6:26:40 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Diogenesis

Probably should have pinged you to the above also.


29 posted on 02/19/2010 6:38:08 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama; FastCoyote; maggief; azishot; azkathy; Syncro; Liz; onyx; Interesting Times; Bahbah; ..

The Aviator’s Droppings: Harry Reid, Steven Barringer, and Howard Hughes’ Legacy
Original FReeper research | 2/14/2006 | Fedora
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 1:41:08 PM by Fedora

The Aviator’s Droppings: Harry Reid, Steven Barringer, and Howard Hughes’ Legacy

Harry Reid’s Mob Money, Part 3

By Fedora

Excerpt:

Part 1: Mr. Cleanface’s Dirty Laundry
Part 2: Harry’s Henchman Rory Reid

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As Part 1 mentioned, during Harry Reid’s first Senate run in 1974, he attacked his opponent Paul Laxalt for profiting from association with billionaire Howard Hughes, who had moved into the Las Vegas gambling scene in 1967 with the assistance of Chicago Mafia representative Johnny Rosselli.

In the process of criticizing Laxalt, Reid failed to mention that he himself, along with his mentor Donal “Mike” O’Callaghan, had also taken contributions from Hughes. Commenting on his relationship to Hughes later, Reid said, “People thought that Howard Hughes was behind my organization, and I never lied to anybody and said he was, but I never said he wasn’t, either.”

Hughes died in 1976, but Reid has continued to profit by his family’s lobbying in areas which Hughes had staked out as part of his empire. Hughes’ move into Nevada brought together the old political bribery machine he had designed for attracting government aviation contracts with his new interest in the gambling industry.

His gambling interests also required him to expand into the land acquisition and development ventures that underpin casino development. These three areas—which for the sake of summary might be called land grabs, gambling, and graft—also characterize the dealings of the Reid family, as exemplified by Reid’s relationship to his son-in-law Steven Barringer.

Reid’s Lobbyist-in-law: Steven Barringer

Reid’s daughter Lana is married to lobbyist Steven Glenn Barringer. After graduating from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, Barringer practiced natural resources and environmental law at the Las Vegas law firm of Singer, Brown & Barringer (now Singer & Brown) from January 1996 to April 1999.

Meanwhile in February 1998, he became a director at American Vantage Companies. He worked for the law firm Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinksy (Dickstein Shapiro) from April 1999 to October 2000, before becoming a principal in the lobbying firm McClure, Gerard & Neuenschwander (MGN) in November 2000. Since November 2000 he has also maintained his own law practice in Washington, DC, Steven G. Barringer, PLLC.

(It should be emphasized that the background discussion here and below is by no means intended as a general indictment of the companies mentioned, but is provided to put Barringer’s activities and their relationship to Reid in context.)

Barringer’s Employers, Reid Family Finances, and Lobbying Links

Barringer’s involvement with Singer, Brown & Barringer is worth a closer look. As discussed in Part 1 and Part 2, the firm’s senior partner Jay H. Brown has had a history of activity involving the Reid family.

In 1981 when Brown was attorney for the Tropicana casino and Reid was Nevada Gaming Commissioner, FBI informants accused Brown of funneling bribes to Reid from Mafia members under investigation for fund skimming at the Tropicana.

Questioned by a grand jury about the allegation, Brown took the Fifth and was threatened with civil contempt proceedings for refusing to turn over casino financial records. Blocked by Brown’s obstruction, a Justice Department probe failed to substantiate the allegation of payoffs to Reid.

Brown subsequently became a regular contributor to Reid’s campaigns from 1982 on, and also acquired a large share of stock in a company called American Enterprises, Inc. at the same time Reid’s son Rory acquired American Enterprises stock. When the American Enterprises deal attracted publicity in December 1991, Rory quickly announced he was divesting his share, while his father told the press he did not own any stock in American Enterprises and distanced himself from his son’s dealings, saying, “My son is 30 years old, he is a lawyer and his practice is almost totally in gaming. I don’t control where he lives, who he marries, or what he buys.”

Despite the Senator’s expressed lack of interest in his son’s business, officers of American Enterprises’ successor American Casino Enterprises retained an evident interest in the Senator, donating $8,000 to him in July 1995. Meanwhile from 1994 to 1996 American Casino Enterprises was a defendant in a legal dispute involving Table Mountain Casino, located on an Indian reservation near Fresno, California. The dispute ended in February 1996 with American Casino agreeing to pay a $500,000 civil fine for violating the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

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Thank you, Fedora !!


30 posted on 02/19/2010 7:40:54 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE; onyx; maggief
BLACKMAIL Material????

31 posted on 02/19/2010 7:53:27 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama

BTTT


32 posted on 02/19/2010 7:54:48 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: MurrietaMadman; All

Check out the link at post 24.

It is a very true reflection on the Seeno sons business gang.

Cept for the few very few pro Seeno.
Loved the post that said
Seeno is having Mayor track all your IP addys
If you here a knock at your door its Guido.
LMAO at that but not far from the truth.

Lotsa tip of the iceberg insight on that blog.


33 posted on 02/19/2010 8:28:35 PM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: RinaseaofDs

Can we bump this thread to the top?

Claycord.com is listing very viable/truthful comments.

CCTimes and other media has refused to allow comments.

Folks I grew up in the Seeno Evil world.

The old man did a wonderful job of building high quality subdivisions then his two ass wipes of sons and the Gang/ greedy took over yes they are bad bad uncivil Chicago never looked this bad people.

Cant complain as I dropped money on a new built for me house in Claycord and turned around sold it to a New York investment company a year later.

Split moved to Oregon (I do sustain the economy) and built a home for my then baby quad son now a full blown huge man quad and have an extra room to take in another non state funded quad. No mortgage.

So thanks Seeno. I often wonder how that house on the slippery slope hill held up.


34 posted on 02/21/2010 3:53:07 AM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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