Harry Reid “in the mix” of Congressional bribery investigation

posted at 7:24 pm on May 29, 2006 by Allahpundit

My words. He’s not under investigation, mind you. He’s just … in the mix.

The boxing tickets are the least interesting part of it, actually.

Reid had separate meetings in June 2003 in his Senate offices with two Abramoff tribal clients and Edward Ayoob, a former staffer who went to work lobbying with Abramoff.

The meetings occurred over a five-day span in which Ayoob also threw a fundraiser for Reid at the firm where Ayoob and Abramoff worked that netted numerous donations from Abramoff’s partners, firm and clients…

A few months after the fundraiser, Reid did sponsor a spending bill that targeted $100,000 to another Abramoff tribe, the Chitimacha of Louisiana, to pay for a soil erosion study Ayoob was lobbying for. Reid said he sponsored the provision because Louisiana lawmakers sent him a letter requesting it…

AP recently reported that Reid also wrote at least four letters favorable to Abramoff’s tribal clients around the time Reid collected donations from those clients and Abramoff’s partners. Reid has declined to return the donations, unlike other lawmakers, saying his letters were consistent with his beliefs.

Here’s ABC’s report on Hastert from last Wednesday. Read it and see if you can find any difference between what he did and what Reid is accused of doing. Feel free to offer your theories in the comments as to why ABC reported on one and not the other. Did Brian Ross simply get scooped on Reid? Does he not consider questionable behavior by the Senate minority leader to be sufficiently newsworthy? Or … might there be another reason?

Actually, here’s one difference between Hastert and Reid, according to ABC: unlike Reid, Hastert’s not going to keep the tainted campaign contributions he received from Abramoff’s cronies.

Nice job by USA Today in its choice of photo for the AP article, by the way.

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Culture of corruption my A$$

ABC – Always Bull Crap
NBC – Nothing But Crap
CBS – Constantly Bull Crap

These are not News Reporters, these are News Makers. Was there ever a time when Journalism was fair and objective?

I guess that’s why I keep a TV Brick by my side.

Kini on May 29, 2006 at 7:38 PM


Actually, no. There’s never been a time when journalism was fair and objective. It’s the sort of industry that’s always attracted the bottom feeders of society–drunks, elitists, and the ideologically driven among them. Yellow journalism is an old, old term.

I still pray for the day when someone investigates these jackasses. Let’s see their expense accounts and tax returns. Let’s find out who has a drinking/drug/gambling problem and spread the word. They want to be the real power in the country? Fine. Let’s hold them to the same standards they insist on holding others to. Something tells me the amount of sordid dirt uncovered would be breathtaking to behold.

jaleach on May 29, 2006 at 8:03 PM

Nothing new here from Two Faced Harry Reid. I’ve covered his corruption in February. Read it here. Until he leaves the Senate expect more lies from him. Check to see if he’s talking, then he’s lying….

ScottG on May 29, 2006 at 8:06 PM

Fox has reported how Harry was accepting free ringside boxing tickets while the sport was under investigation. No surprise that Harry likes seeing big, sweaty men fighting it out in the ring. No surprise that he feels he’s intitled to free tickets during an investigation of the sport. I wonder if he kept them in the freezer until fight time?

Hening on May 29, 2006 at 8:07 PM

According to http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/060529/480/0564f2e1bdaf4d7188c1f952a073d2a0, macain is also in the image. Any way we can ‘kill two birds with one [picture]’?

solitas on May 29, 2006 at 9:11 PM

Reid, Jefferson

The Dem corruption is quitely talked about if at all
The Rep corruption is shouted from the rooftop

Defector01 on May 29, 2006 at 9:11 PM

“macain is also in the image. Any way we can ‘kill two birds with one [picture]’?”

There is a difference: McCain insisted on reimbursing the $1400 for the tickets, which he did.

Carvin Guitar Man on May 29, 2006 at 9:57 PM

Picture is here:


Rudeseal on May 29, 2006 at 10:44 PM

Do as I say
Not as I do
I’m the one who Rules….Congress/Senators

If they haven’t listen to the people who put them there,
then they see nothing that can stop them…
They pay the media real good it seems .
Just to have the hushed up..

alyce on May 29, 2006 at 10:45 PM

When I lived in Las Vegas I first heard about Reid. If Louisiana ever wants to leave the minor leagues of corruption, their state should emulate Nevada. Sadly Reid does indeed represent his constituents-they are, by and large, as corrupt as he is. Just ask the…alleged… Mob Lawyer who won election as Mayor of Las Vegas.

Doug on May 29, 2006 at 11:51 PM

Why isn’t anyone commenting on the fact that two closet homosexuals are out on a date watchin’ two other sweaty men beat the other into submission? Probably because the real story is John McCain is out at the fights with him boss.

RolandHall on May 30, 2006 at 12:55 AM


RolandHall on May 30, 2006 at 12:56 AM

Didn’t Hapless Harry claim he came from modest beginnings, and now he and his family are millionaires ?

Seems like we might know why now!

Bob Mileti on May 30, 2006 at 7:11 AM

Corruption is corruption.

I don’t care which, if either, party they come from if they’re dirty, during time of war, it should be considered Treason. They are, in effect, stabbing the whole country in the back. and all for a few bucks, they should be so ashamed that they resign and confess to the authorities ASAP.

SHAME CONGRESS, SHAME SENATE, Hang your heads in regret and beg the frgivness of the American people.

Duty, Honor, Country
(in THAT order)

Rowane on May 30, 2006 at 7:35 AM

If McCain can afford $1400 boxing tickets he should be investigated or sacked!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on May 30, 2006 at 8:41 AM

I hope they nail that little Reid dude. He is a disgrace to humanity. As far as McCain is concerned, don’t forget he was involved in some kind of scandal way back when. They never nailed him but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t involved. One other thing about McCain – he is always bitching about all the pork barrel projects the other people are getting for their states. Has anybody ever checked to see what is going to his state? He must be bringing some of the bacon home or why would they keep re-electing him. It would be interesting to see how much federal money he is bringing home. Methinks he may be a hypocrite.

OBX Pete on May 30, 2006 at 10:48 AM

Abuse of power by the effeminate Harriet Reid. Had this been a Republican, the leftists and their media would be demanding resignation. This hypocrisy is clearly an example of the “corruption of culture”. Unless and until Congress pays their own way, there will always be the appearance of impropriety.

I’d like my fist to make contact with his jaw.

This was a bribe, plain and simple.

doingwhatican on May 30, 2006 at 6:21 PM

John McCain was one of the Keating Five, Five senators who took bookoo gobs of money from Charles Keating. The end result was the destruction of the Savings and Loan Institutions. This little scandal cost the American taxpayer 26 billion dollars. The year was 1987.

calnevari on May 30, 2006 at 11:09 PM

There is a difference: McCain insisted on reimbursing the $1400 for the tickets, which he did.
Yeah – I saw that on another site after posting. One just wonders if he took the ticks first and THEN did a “what have I done?” the next morning (or approached the next day by an advisor shouting “you fool!” at him).
Probably the latter – he’s not smart-enough to figure it out for himself…

solitas on May 31, 2006 at 12:56 AM