Friday, February 10, 2006

Harry Reid's Hypocrisy

According to an Associated Press story, previously unreported billing records and other related correspondence show that over three years Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Democrat from Nevada, collected nearly $68,000 in political donations from Jack Abramoff's firm, lobbying partners and other clients.

Jack Abramoff has pleaded guilty to fraud and bribery charges and is helping prosecutors investigate the conduct of lawmakers, aides, and officials in the Presidents administration.

Reid's office acknowledged having routine contacts with Abramoff's lobbying partners. Reid has intervened on government matters in ways that are helpful to Abramoff's tribal clients. Reid has opposed legislation on the Senate floor that would have been detrimental to the clients and has sent four letters pressuring the Bush administration on certain tribal issues.

Reid collected donations around the time of each action.

An incestuous relationship also developed when Abramoff's firm hired one of Reid's top legislative aides as a lobbyist. The AP story reports that, “The aide later helped throw a fundraiser for Reid at Abramoff's firm that raised money from several of Abramoff's lobbying partners.”

Reid’s spokesman said none of the senator's actions were affected by donations or done for Abramoff.

So, I guess that Reid’s interventions and influence in these matters and the fact that money changed hands is just coincidental. Yeah, right.

Read the whole article, it’s interesting.


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