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Senator Reid's $1 Million Land Windfall Raises Questions
lasvegasnow.com ^ | 10/13/06 | Jon Ralston

Posted on 10/17/2006 6:25:14 AM PDT by bitt

Videos of interview conducted on 10/13/06 - scroll down to #s 3, 4, 5, 6

Squirmy Harry or Harry Greed?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dirtyharry; harryreidscandal; reid

1 posted on 10/17/2006 6:25:15 AM PDT by bitt
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To: potlatch; ntnychik; Smartass; Boazo; Alamo-Girl; PhilDragoo; The Spirit Of Allegiance; JLO; ...


2 posted on 10/17/2006 6:26:33 AM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: kcvl; FastCoyote


3 posted on 10/17/2006 6:28:17 AM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: bitt

It just makes my day that he will have to fork over about 50% in taxes ;D!


4 posted on 10/17/2006 6:29:59 AM PDT by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: bitt

The Washington Post had an eye-brow raising story today about how he lives at the Ritz-Carlton, that man of the people. What a guy!


5 posted on 10/17/2006 6:31:43 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: bitt

This will never make the liberal news. If you want to learn about this cheat you better learn about it from non-old media/drive by sources.


6 posted on 10/17/2006 6:32:06 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: bitt

Sorry, but the MSM has already decided for the public that they have no interest in this story.


7 posted on 10/17/2006 6:33:50 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (I gigged your peace frog.)
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To: bitt
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8 posted on 10/17/2006 6:34:24 AM PDT by maggief
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To: bitt

Here's the nasty part about your klas TV link. The guy who broke GSting was George Knap of KLAS. Knapp also worked for Don Williams, former campaign manager for Harry Reid. Knapp also worked for Kent Oram, former campaign manager to Lance Malone. It seems likely Knapp tipped Williams and/or Oram off a year before GSting hit the wires, giving Reid time to run for cover. Knapp essentially compromised the FBI and police (the police are even worse).

Also, Jon Ralston knows about more than he is telling. Trouble is, he sells his "Ralston Report" to the same insideers who are under investigation.


9 posted on 10/17/2006 6:35:59 AM PDT by FastCoyote
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To: 3AngelaD

Wonder if campaign donations are paying the rent at the Ritz Carlton too.


10 posted on 10/17/2006 6:44:33 AM PDT by OldFriend (ANNOY THE MEDIA ~ VOTE REPUBLICAN)
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To: 3AngelaD

ah, here it is...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/16/AR2006101601029.html

Reid to Reimburse Campaign for Donations

By JOHN SOLOMON
The Associated Press
Tuesday, October 17, 2006; 2:39 AM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid paid cash for a $750,000 condo at the Ritz-Carlton where he lives. But when it comes to giving the doorman and other support staff Christmas bonuses, he's been using campaign donations instead of his own money.

Federal election law bars candidates from converting political donations for personal use.



Senate minority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. speaks at a news conference in Omaha, Neb. in this Jan. 12, 2005 file photo. Reid announced Monday, Oct. 16, 2006 he is amending his ethics reports to Congress to more fully account for a Las Vegas land deal that allowed him to collect $1.1 million for property he hadn't personally owned for three years. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, FILE) (Nati Harnik - AP)

Questioned about the campaign expenditures by The Associated Press, Reid's office said Monday his lawyers had approved them but he nonetheless was personally reimbursing his campaign for the $3,300 he had directed to the staff holiday fund at his residence.

Reid also announced he was amending his ethics reports to Congress to more fully account for a Las Vegas land deal _ highlighted in an AP story last week _ that allowed him to collect $1.1 million in 2004 for property he hadn't personally owned in three years.

In that matter, the senator hadn't disclosed to Congress that he first sold land to a friend's limited liability company back in 2001 and took an ownership stake in the company. He collected the seven-figure payout when the company sold the land again in 2004 to others.

Reid portrayed the 2004 sale as a personal sale of land, not mentioning the company's ownership or its role in the sale."

...more


11 posted on 10/17/2006 6:57:33 AM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: FastCoyote

Wasn't George Knapp involved in those weird Area 51 "exposes"?


12 posted on 10/17/2006 7:01:48 AM PDT by Lekker 1 (("...the world will be...eleven degrees colder by the year 2000" -- K. Watt, Earth Day, 1970)
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To: bitt
Federal election law bars candidates from converting political donations for personal use.

...a Las Vegas land deal that allowed him to collect $1.1 million for property he hadn't personally owned for three years.

Why are no 'Pubbies demanding his resignation? Could it be that they have their own shenanigans going on?

13 posted on 10/17/2006 7:08:07 AM PDT by Thermalseeker
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To: Lekker 1

"Wasn't George Knapp involved in those weird Area 51 "exposes"?"

One and the same, he even subbed for Art Bell (or maybe George Noory) recently. The guy who originally supported some of Knapps ufology was none other than Don Williams, who was involved with KNapp and Brian Gresh's trip to Russia to explore ufos. I kid you not.

Williams was Reid's campaign manager in the 1974 loss to Laxalt. Don Williams was hired to do pro-Yucca Mountain stuff in 1990 because of his links to Reid, and that's when Williams hired Knapp to work on Yucca Mountain stuff, which somehow drifted into ufology.


14 posted on 10/17/2006 7:09:25 AM PDT by FastCoyote
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To: Thermalseeker

"Why are no 'Pubbies demanding his resignation? "

They must not be reading these threads, cause there's enough stuff on Reid to blow him out of the water.


15 posted on 10/17/2006 7:10:48 AM PDT by FastCoyote
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To: FastCoyote

Harry Reid's son is Chairman of the Clark County Board of Commissioners. Was he one of the commissioners that approved the original re-zone of the property to facilitate the shopping center?


16 posted on 10/17/2006 7:19:29 AM PDT by fuzzthatwuz
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To: bitt

Maybe he should set up residence in a P.O. Box liek Robert KKK byrd. Think of the problems that he avoids that way.


17 posted on 10/17/2006 7:33:37 AM PDT by TBP
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To: fuzzthatwuz

"Harry Reid's son is Chairman of the Clark County Board of Commissioners. Was he one of the commissioners that approved the original re-zone of the property to facilitate the shopping center?"

No, but the situation is in some ways worse. Harry pretty obviously moved Rory in to Dario Herrera's commission seat when Herrera ran for congress. Of course, Herrera would take bribes from anyone, and is headed for jail for doing just that in the GSting scandal. So, wither Harry bribed Herrera and another jailbird commissioner Erin Kenny, OR the quid pro quo was for the two to get better political positions (Kenny ran for lt. gov.).

Why no one has brought this out in the national media is beyond me. I know the AP is hot on this trail though.


18 posted on 10/17/2006 8:06:50 AM PDT by FastCoyote
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To: bitt

Just watched the videos. Reid ducks the questions every time..and he looks in acute distress on the facial close-ups..Behavior indicates there is more to come out on this..


19 posted on 10/17/2006 8:11:12 AM PDT by ken5050
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"ehavior indicates there is more to come out on this.."

This land deal is being worked by AP. The LA Times is working the Coyote Springs land deal. And they haven't gotten to why Reid owns 200 acres of parched desert land in Searchlight (50 acres co-owned with Jay Brown) which is worthless for housing development without water rights (a similar area in Arizona is being held up by the same issue). Plus there are Reid's ties to developer Jim Rhodes (who had to pay a fine for illegal bundled contributions to Herrera and Reid), who has been represented by Jay Brown, who had jailed commissioner Kenny on his payroll.

Oh yeah, there might be more to come.


20 posted on 10/17/2006 8:22:17 AM PDT by FastCoyote
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To: poobear

Fact is, you will never know what he pays in taxes. My guess is, it will be much less than 50%. Do you think the Kennedys are still worth billions because they just love paying 70% in estate taxes?


21 posted on 10/17/2006 8:27:28 AM PDT by kylaka
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To: FastCoyote

There's another point about the transfer of the land to the LLC...The reporter correctly points out that it is legally a sale...and that taxes were due at the time if the value had increased. Reid maintains that the value was the same as when he bought it years before, though he also says that Las Vegas land values have been going up...which doesn't jive. But if, at the same time he transferred the deed, he, the LLC also listed the property for sale at a much higher price...well then..that's blatant tax fraud..most telling to me was his demeanor and appearance...he repeated the same stupid mantra.." I bought a piece of land from someone I didn't know, and sold it later on to someone I didn't know.." ad nauseum..


22 posted on 10/17/2006 8:40:00 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: kylaka
There is no tax on wealth. Regarding the Estate tax, I'm sure they have distributed enough under the radar (the maximum before eligible) to avoid the bulk of taxation. I still get a laugh about the billions Bill Gates and Warren Buffet contributed to charity. I'm sure the Government & the IRS were wringing their hands. Oh yeah, the Kennedy's have been rumored to have various "Caribbean" accounts.
23 posted on 10/17/2006 8:41:48 AM PDT by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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BTTT


24 posted on 10/17/2006 1:49:39 PM PDT by AmeriBrit (Soros and Clinton's for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington = SCREW.)
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To: bitt
In that matter, the senator hadn't disclosed to Congress that he first sold land to a friend's limited liability company back in 2001 and took an ownership stake in the company. He collected the seven-figure payout when the company sold the land again in 2004 to others. Reid portrayed the 2004 sale as a personal sale of land, not mentioning the company's ownership or its role in the sale."

Is there any legitimate reason he would have done any of that (for the economically impaired among us, me being one)?

25 posted on 10/17/2006 1:52:23 PM PDT by Howlin (Why Won't Nancy Pelosi Let Louis Freeh Investigate the Page Scandal?)
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To: bitt; devolve; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; Smartass; dixiechick2000

26 posted on 10/17/2006 6:04:27 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: Howlin

also impaired...but mad.


27 posted on 10/17/2006 6:05:47 PM PDT by bitt
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To: potlatch




  MONEY HONEY  



28 posted on 10/17/2006 6:32:40 PM PDT by devolve (now_playing:__ MONEY HONEY -- Harry Reid)
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To: devolve

Elvis is on fire!! Good post.


29 posted on 10/17/2006 6:36:54 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: potlatch


I'd stay outta Vegas for a while


30 posted on 10/17/2006 6:39:39 PM PDT by devolve (now_playing:__ MONEY HONEY -- Harry Reid)
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To: FastCoyote

Thanks for the response. I ran Dario Herrera's name through GOOGLE and was amazed at the amount of information provided. Looks as if there is some very good investigative journalism being produced by the Las Vegas Mercury. I guess it is wishful thinking to consider Reid got caught up in the RICO investigation. Heavy duty stuff that, to my knowledge, never received national attention (until now). Reid's lower anatomy must be puckering!


31 posted on 10/18/2006 7:58:46 AM PDT by fuzzthatwuz
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To: fuzzthatwuz

"Looks as if there is some very good investigative journalism being produced by the Las Vegas Mercury."

!!!!!!!WARNING, WARNING WILL ROGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mercury Reporter George Knapp (better known for KLAS TV)is likely the reporter who compromised the GSting scandal and informed Harry Reid to run for the hills!!!

George Knapp worked for former Reid campaign manager Don Williams, and also worked for Kent Oram, campaign manager to Erin Kenny (even more crooked than Herrera). So the Mercury material is two faced!!!!!!!!!! If it comes from Knapp.


32 posted on 10/18/2006 2:12:25 PM PDT by FastCoyote
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To: 3AngelaD

May of the people, my foot. Read the GSting blog.


33 posted on 10/18/2006 2:26:24 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: FastCoyote

I'm trying to understand how Jim Rhoades is planning to convert water (he doesn't have yet) here in Mohave Valley into water for the 213 acres Harry has bought up in Searchlight. I know my local supervisor is against giving him water rights, but assume he will buy off the two from Bullhead and Kingman to get what he wants.


34 posted on 10/18/2006 2:30:00 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn; bitt

"I'm trying to understand how Jim Rhoades is planning to convert water (he doesn't have yet) here in Mohave Valley into water for the 213 acres Harry has bought up in Searchlight. I know my local supervisor is against giving him water rights, but assume he will buy off the two from Bullhead and Kingman to get what he wants."

WhooHooo Carolyn!!! Now you understand why the scandal can't go away!! Jim Rhodes also got fined for laundering contributions to Harry Reid and convicted commissioner Dario Herrera. Jay Brown also at some point represented Rhodes. Convicted Commissioner Erin Kenny also worked for Rhodes. Commissionaer/lawyer Mark James who worked for Rhodes and should have been indicted, got out while the getting was good. It just gets juicier and juicier!


35 posted on 10/18/2006 7:28:56 PM PDT by FastCoyote
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To: FastCoyote

In the meantime these people go along their merry way, building too many homes counting on water they don't have and because they are paying off the right people and local contractors are making money no one says a thing. One of these days the fat lady had got to sing.


36 posted on 10/18/2006 7:58:04 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: FastCoyote

BTW, did you see my note to add me to your ping list?


37 posted on 10/18/2006 7:58:29 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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