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The Battle for America 2010: BREAKING Sen. Harry Reid Hit With Ethics Complaint
Pajamas Media ^ | October 13, 2010 | John Ransom

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 527 Harry Reid Votes will shortly file an ethics complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. The complaint alleges that Reid violated “the Senate Rules of Conduct by accepting certain contributions from the top executives of a federal government contractor,” according to a draft of the letter to be sent to the Select Committee on Ethics. At issue is over $100,000 of campaign contributions made by Nevada defense contractor Arcata Associates to both Reid and the Nevada Democrat Party.

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 Arcata’s email suggests.

Even if the transactions weren’t 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 Lincoln’s assets at substantial losses to the government.

John Ransom is a professional writer and editor based in the Rocky Mountains.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Nebraska; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: cultureofcorruption; democrats; dingyharry; earmarks; earmarx; elections; lendmeyourearmarks; obama; palin; paytoplay; reid; sharonangle

1 posted on 10/13/2010 3:48:57 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

WOW!

It is October! And color me surprised.


2 posted on 10/13/2010 3:50:30 PM PDT by WAW (Which enumerated power?)
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To: jazusamo

Bawhahahahaha!


3 posted on 10/13/2010 3:50:43 PM PDT by ColdOne (GOP. Gutless Old Politicians :^)).....)
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To: jazusamo

Good.


4 posted on 10/13/2010 3:51:40 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: jazusamo

I am shocked, I tell ya....shocked!!!


5 posted on 10/13/2010 3:52:08 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: jazusamo
Photobucket Big surprise. Nothing about leftists is ethical.
6 posted on 10/13/2010 3:53:21 PM PDT by xuberalles ("The Right Stuff" Conservative Novelties http://www.zazzle.com/xuberalles)
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To: jazusamo
Please bump the Freepathon and donate or become a monthly donor!

7 posted on 10/13/2010 3:53:47 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: xuberalles

I’d rather do the other thing that kills kittens. At least that way, I’m guaranteed some enjoyment out of it.


8 posted on 10/13/2010 3:56:34 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...Richard Frank DeCamp, 11/13/34-9/15/10, R.I.P.)
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To: jazusamo

The media won’t care. They’ve got to get back to hard-hitting news like reporting on Sharon Angle mentioning Jesus.


9 posted on 10/13/2010 3:57:20 PM PDT by MissesBush (Stay angry--right through November)
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To: jazusamo

Thank goodness Boxtard runs the ethics committee. She’s done a bang up job so far.


10 posted on 10/13/2010 3:57:46 PM PDT by jazminerose
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To: jazminerose

You can bet Babs won’t be happy about this or eager to pursue it, hopefully Sen. Isakson will be on top of this.


11 posted on 10/13/2010 4:03:45 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: xuberalles

Nice.


12 posted on 10/13/2010 4:09:00 PM PDT by Hoodat ( .For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: jazusamo

FINALLY A CONSERVATIVE OCTOBER SURPRISE!

LLS


13 posted on 10/13/2010 4:09:16 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: jazusamo

Harry Reid is himself an ethics violation.


14 posted on 10/13/2010 4:10:51 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (The only people who should be called whores are liberal men.)
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To: WAW

Please pass the popcorn!


15 posted on 10/13/2010 4:26:48 PM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (All sweat, no equity)
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To: jazusamo

Well its a marvelous night for a moon-dance...


16 posted on 10/13/2010 4:31:52 PM PDT by jaz.357 (Lets make EVERY month Breast awareness month!)
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To: RichInOC
I agree.

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?

17 posted on 10/13/2010 4:32:47 PM PDT by Leo Farnsworth (I'm really not Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: jazusamo

Yikes! Reid, Boxer and Ethics all in the same paragraph. I think I’m gonna hurl!


18 posted on 10/13/2010 4:51:38 PM PDT by paulcissa (The first requirement of Liberalism is to stand on your head and tell the world they're upside down)
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