Skip to comments.The Battle for America 2010: BREAKING – Sen. Harry Reid Hit With Ethics Complaint
Posted on 10/13/2010 3:48:52 PM PDT by jazusamo
Pay-to-play, in what was promised to be the "most ethical Congress evah."
The small Nevada defense firm recently had a program terminated by the Department of Defense which was subsequently reinstated via an earmark request by Reid. According to Harry Reid Votes, the Obama Administration initially rejected the earmark request, but Senator Reid persisted to ensure that his major donor received funding.An email from Arcata boss Tim Wong to PJM previously suggested that Arcata Associates has a long-standing corporate policy of supporting candidates. Corporate contributions to federal candidates are illegal if made by individuals on behalf of a corporation as Arcatas email suggests.
Even if the transactions werent illegal, the complaint addressed to Ethics Committee Chair Senator Barbara Boxer and Vice Chair Senator Johnny Isakson, says the transactions are improper under guidelines adopted by the Senate. The letter quotes the Senate Ethics Manual, which declares, [c]ertain conduct has been deemed by the Senate in prior cases to be unethical and improper even though such conduct may not necessarily have violated any written law, or Senate rule or regulation.
The complaint asks that an investigation be opened because Senator Reid appears to have violated at least one tenet of the Code of Ethics for Government Service. It seeks to have Reid reprimanded strong[ly] and severe[ly] citing the case of former Senator Alan Cranston. Cranston, a Democrat, was a member of the Keating Five reprimanded in 1991 for intervening on behalf of Lincoln Savings, which was facing mounting federal scrutiny. Charles Keating, the Lincoln boss, made substantial contributions to groups associated with Cranston in return for access to the Senator from California. Lincoln Savings failed in 1989. The federal government, which covered billions in deposit guarantees, later sold Lincolns assets at substantial losses to the government.
John Ransom is a professional writer and editor based in the Rocky Mountains.
It is October! And color me surprised.
I am shocked, I tell ya....shocked!!!
I’d rather do the other thing that kills kittens. At least that way, I’m guaranteed some enjoyment out of it.
The media won’t care. They’ve got to get back to hard-hitting news like reporting on Sharon Angle mentioning Jesus.
Thank goodness Boxtard runs the ethics committee. She’s done a bang up job so far.
You can bet Babs won’t be happy about this or eager to pursue it, hopefully Sen. Isakson will be on top of this.
FINALLY A CONSERVATIVE OCTOBER SURPRISE!
Harry Reid is himself an ethics violation.
Please pass the popcorn!
Well its a marvelous night for a moon-dance...
I feed my cats sedated dogs until they -almost- die from eating too much meat.
The thrill is getting them to the edge.
Hey, can I borrow your dog?
Yikes! Reid, Boxer and Ethics all in the same paragraph. I think I’m gonna hurl!