Politico: Menendez donor flew Reid on his private jet, too

posted at 8:41 am on March 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Looks like the Salomon Melgen/Robert Menendez scandal may go the full Jack Abramoff. Politico has a splashy report, complete with a look-what-we-found video, about the connections between Melgen and two other top Democrats — Harry Reid and Barack Obama.  Melgen may have gotten a lot less for his money, however:

Salomon Melgen had a knack for going straight to the top.

He posed for pictures with President Barack Obama, flew Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on his private jet and sought advice on a port security deal from an ex-CIA agent who helped lead the hunt for Osama bin Laden, POLITICO has learned. …

Melgen briefly schmoozed Obama at a 2010 fundraiser Melgen co-hosted benefiting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which Menendez chaired at the time. The president posed with his arm around Melgen in a photo obtained exclusively by POLITICO. …

Melgen flew Reid on his company’s private plane last summer to Boston and back for a Majority PAC event, Reid’s office confirmed to POLITICO.

Majority PAC, a super PAC closely linked to Reid that benefits Senate Democratic candidates, reported reimbursing Melgen’s ophthalmology company $4,160 for “travel” last summer. That filing does not specify who did the traveling, when it occurred or the destination, but Reid’s office said that payment was for Reid’s trip to Boston.

Ken Vogel tries passing this off as a “hey, the rich guy got suckered” story, except that he really didn’t.  He found Bob Menendez that way, and nearly pulled off a multimillion-dollar contract to provide port security to the Dominican Republic thanks to Menendez’ interventions, even though Melgen is an eye doctor.  Nor was that Menendez’ only intervention.  The potential profits for Melgen in those interventions dwarfed that of his investments in Obama and Reid.

Besides, Vogel’s reading on this looks a little cramped.  Neither Obama and Reid would have been in position to do much for Melgen directly.  However, their friendship with Melgen would have given Menendez a lot more room to operate on Melgen’s behalf.  If the heat started coming, a friendship with Reid especially would make it easier for Menendez to avoid it. Those efforts may not have been Melgen investing in other channels, but Melgen protecting his investment in the one channel that seemed to be paying off, almost literally.

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Bow chicka wow wow….

Robert_Paulson on March 20, 2013 at 8:43 AM

I am sure the MSM will get right on top of that.

Any day now…

Yep………..

Gatsu on March 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

/American voter mode on

What difference does this make with regards to my check arriving in my mailbox the first of the month?

/American voter mode off

Because it takes corrupt garbage like this to represent a corrupt people.

MNHawk on March 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM

He found Bob Menendez that way, and nearly pulled off a multimillion-dollar contract to provide port security to the Dominican Republic thanks to Menendez’ interventions, even though Melgen is an eye doctor.

Wait. I’m lost. I thought Melgen actually got this contract.

Maybe I’m suffering from too much Rob-Portman gaypalooza here in Ohio and lost track of this Menedez story.

BuckeyeSam on March 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM

The devil sequester made me do it.

-Harry

antipc on March 20, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Politico: Menendez donor flew Reid on his private jet, too

…maybe to the Dominican Republic?…Harry Reid looks like the type… for wanting “the under the age of ten” type of girl!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The devil sequester made me do it.

-Harry

antipc on March 20, 2013 at 8:58 AM

…you think they’ll sequester his ba11s on this one?

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Senator “Baby” Bob Menendez.

So is this guy the pimp of the Democrats hooking up the toddler action for the leadership up there in D.C.?

“Yo, Baby Bob, I’m needin a trip to Dominica and I’m looking for some relaxation, you know?”

“I will hook you up.”

PappyD61 on March 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

…you think they’ll sequester his ba11s on this one?

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Eric holder is gathering documents and warming up the incinerator as we type.

antipc on March 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

When the issue of port security comes up the first thing I think is “where are the eye doctors?”

Bottom line here is that Melgen had every reason to think that Harry Reid would be helpful. Any guy who can buy worthless land, re-direct an interstate in such a way the land is no longer worthless, and somehow stay out of jail for such clear corruption…. Well that’s a friend worth having in the Senate. Particularly when you’re flying another Senator to foreign countries to whore around with underaged girls (human traffiking is still a crime).

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Eric holder

Can’t make up my mind if that’s a typo or not.

antipc on March 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Beat me to it. (snort)

Clink on March 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Don’t feel bad, we both beat the MSM to it.

Though to be fair, that’s a bit like beating a blind guy in pictionary…

Gatsu on March 20, 2013 at 9:17 AM

“Huddle up peeps, need to figure out how to blame this on the Republicans”….

Harry

hillsoftx on March 20, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Did Harry “the Searchlight Strangler” Reid use this plane as an alibi for his crimes in Searchlight?

Prove us wrong, Harry.

LoganSix on March 20, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Sleaze sleaze and more sleaze
I can not believe that we the people have a government of this kind of sleaze. This is the group that we trust to write our laws and spend our money.
Really? Gross.
It’s unbelievable to me that an eye doctor provides trips with benefits and then reaps all kinds of favorable perks. The American Dream takes on a whole new meaning. Start as low as you can go to as high up the government food chain as you can get and the monetary rewards are endless.
Just don’t get caught. But, even if you do, hang in there. It will blow over.

ORconservative on March 20, 2013 at 9:26 AM

…you think Harry and Mindy tag team little girls?

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2013 at 9:27 AM

What’s a private jet among Scum bags??

ToddPA on March 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM

It was later revealed that the hookers who claimed Reid flew on Melgen’s private jet were paid to lie.

NeoKong on March 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Whose corpse did they dig up for Crypt Keeper Reid to bang?

Bishop on March 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Looks like the Salomon Melgen/Robert Menendez scandal may go the full Jack Abramoff. Politico has a splashy report, complete with a look-what-we-found video, about the connections between Melgen and two other top Democrats — Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

Whatever.

It’s cute that some still think there will be consequences for any of these Democrats for any of their lawbreaking.

Midas on March 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM

I’m sure Reid will say that he needed ‘private transport’ because of the Sequester. Oh, wait, that was BEFORE….never mind.

GarandFan on March 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Is there something wrong with the senate majority leader pumping undersage forign hookers?

acyl72 on March 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

The crickets will have to get louder, but still, crickets, all the same.

FlaMurph on March 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Well, Harry does like ‘em young. A reliable source on the intertubes told me so.

CurtZHP on March 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Well, Harry does like ‘em young. A reliable source on the intertubes told me so.

CurtZHP on March 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Outreach to the “youth vote”.

Solaratov on March 20, 2013 at 3:09 PM