Reid paid $16,000 in campaign funds to granddaughter for “gifts”

posted at 10:41 am on March 26, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The Federal Election Commission wants an explanation from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about more than $16,000 in campaign spending on “gifts,” some of which found its way into the pocket of the Reid family. Reid was forced to admit that the “Ryan Elisabeth” on the disbursement funds was actually Ryan Elisabeth Reid, his granddaughter, who supplied jewelry for Reid’s campaign to hand out to supporters:

The Federal Election Commission has sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s campaign, asking for more information on why he listed an expenditure of more than $11,000 $16,000 in “holiday gifts.”

The gifts, I have learned, were purchased from his granddaughter, Ryan Elisabeth Reid, who is a jewelry vendor in Berkeley, CA. The gifts were later passed on to donors and supporters, a Reid spokeswoman told me.

Reid has previously been asked to explain holiday gifts to his Ritz Carlton doorman by the FEC. But in the letter from the FEC sent last week, the agency wants to know what payments of  $11,370 and $5,416 (UPDATED) were. “Itemized disbursements must include a brief statement or description of why each disbursement was made,” the letter said.

Reid’s granddaughter is listed only as “Ryan Elisabeth” on the FEC report, which is attached here (see page 166). But her full name is Ryan Elisabeth Reid.

Reid will reimburse the campaign, but the questions remain:

Federal rules actually do allow for candidates to buy things from family members, provided they pay fair market value for the items.

In the case of the gifts, though, that value also matters. FEC rules state that such gifts must be of “nominal value.” …

The Washington Post has asked Reid’s campaign precisely what kind of gifts the money was used to purchase. The campaign has yet to respond to multiple inquiries.

Paul Ryan, an election lawyer at the Campaign Legal Center, said “you’d need to buy a heck of a lot of gifts of ‘nominal’ value to spend $16,000.”

And you’d usually use the full name of the manufacturer, no?

Jon Ralston of Ralston Reports — who originally reported the probe — calls the optics “just horrific” (via Newsalert):

“I’m not sure talking about the Koch Brothers will change this subject, Senator,” Ralston advises Reid. Maybe not, but Reid has always been shameless about his episodes of projection, so don’t expect Reid to stop trying to change the optics with more Kochsteria.

By the way, shouldn’t the Senate Ethics Committee take an interest in this, too?


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When Democrats like Reid get caught with their hands in the campaign fund cookie jar, all that happens is that they are made to give back the money. Why is that?

novaculus on March 26, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Damn Koch brothers.

itsspideyman on March 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Gee, sounds like corruption. Good thing he doesn’t have an R next to his name or this might be a problem for him.

Rational Thought on March 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Unamerican!

monalisa on March 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I blame global warming…..

Electrongod on March 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Hey, but he’s pro-life, so back off, Republican scumbags! — Reid Campaign Press Statement*

*– statements may not actually be from Reid campaign, but look– Republicans caused the Ukraine Crisis!

Nethicus on March 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Reid’s granddaughter used to live in Brooklyn and now she’s a “jewelry vendor” in Berkeley?

Sounds like she’s a hipster.

steebo77 on March 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

“Blame the Koch brothers”

“It’s the Republicans’ fault”

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Fascist-Democrats will keep him as the majority leader. Meanwhile, GOP senator (can’t recall at the moment) who made some nice comments about Strom Thurmond being president at his 100the birthday had to give up his leadership position. Rightfully so in the latter case, so why not in the former?

rbj on March 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Ol’ Aqualung debasing our electoral system. Who’d have guessed?

forest on March 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Term Limits…

PatriotRider on March 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

When the conservatives take over the Senate, I hope that Reid doesn’t get any committee positions of any significance, has to take an office in the basement, and is generally treated like he has treated the conservatives. He should start entertaining ideas such as he needs to spend more time with the family.

DAT60A3 on March 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

I hope the Koch’s planted this story, and hopefully they have plenty more for every time Reid opens his mouth.

Tater Salad on March 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Noting will happen to Reid . . . he’s protected by the corrupt system.

rplat on March 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Reid’s granddaughter used to live in Brooklyn and now she’s a “jewelry vendor” in Berkeley?

Sounds like she’s a hipster.

steebo77 on March 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM


I reckon so.

forest on March 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I heard this is how he tries to lure little boys back to his room, and he’s never disproved that.

Flange on March 26, 2014 at 10:54 AM

i once spent 16k on my work credit card and bought gifts for my family. afte my boss found out i merely said i would reimburse the company and he was fine with that……come on, how much of a fraud does a democrat politician have to be before he or she is kicked out of office

jaywemm on March 26, 2014 at 10:54 AM

OT:

House Oversight Committee on IRS targeting:

http://www.c-span.org/video/?318488-1/commissioner-koskinen-irs-targeting-scandal

IRS tool Koskinen is trying to make excuses for the failure to provide Lerner’s emails to the committee, pretending the IRS is doing the committee a favor by deciding which emails are relevant to the investigation and only providing those. Cummings and Connolly are putting on their regular clown show, attempting to disrupt and derail the investigation and turn the hearing into a clown show.

novaculus on March 26, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Reid’s granddaughter used to live in Brooklyn and now she’s a “jewelry vendor” in Berkeley?

Sounds like she’s a hipster.

steebo77 on March 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

His granddaughter does laundry.

Money Laundering.

portlandon on March 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

A liar is forever.

cbenoistd on March 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

“I thought it would be nice to give supporters and staff thank-you gifts that had a personal connection and a Searchlight connection, but I have decided to reimburse the campaign for the amount of the expenditure.”

What is the connection between Searchlight and a jewelry vendor in Berkly? How old is Ryan Elizabeth?

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Not only he is he a liar, he is also a thief.

Not to mention an alleged pederast…

JohnGalt23 on March 26, 2014 at 10:58 AM

“This is the GOPs war on Granddaughters!”

-DNC

portlandon on March 26, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Harry Reid

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM

I blame global warming…..

Electrongod on March 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I blame George Zimmerman

RandallinHerndon on March 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

who supplied jewelry for Reid’s campaign to hand out to supporters

Why is this even a thought in someone’s head, to take money from one person to then hand out *jewelry* to another person?

Oh, right. Never mind.

Lance Corvette on March 26, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Dinesh D’Souza will return the money, and all is forgiven……….Oh, wait.

tngmv on March 26, 2014 at 11:01 AM

The more the American people learn about Harry Reid, the more they’re going like him.

Curtiss on March 26, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Well, silly me. I forgot that Harry Reid is part of the royalty.

tngmv on March 26, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I blame global warming…..

Electrongod on March 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I blame George Zimmerman

RandallinHerndon on March 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Boooooooosssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhh…!!!

JohnGalt23 on March 26, 2014 at 11:04 AM

He belongs in JAIL!

rjoco1 on March 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Reid is a national treasure.
He’s a real estate investment genius who instead chooses to serve the public as a US Senator.

/sarc

gwelf on March 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM

That’s why we call him Dingy Harry.

myiq2xu on March 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

I would like to know;
1, did anyone actually receive any of those nominal value gifts?
2, What was the quality of the gift?
3, What do Ryan Elisabeth’s finances look like?

oldernwiser on March 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

By the way, shouldn’t the Senate Ethics Committee take an interest in this, too?

…no!…wrong party!

KOOLAID2 on March 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

But Romney didn’t pay taxes for ten years.

antipc on March 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

No amount of corruption surprises me when it comes to Harry Reid.

supernova on March 26, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Reid is a national treasure.
He’s a real estate investment genius who instead chooses to serve the public as a US Senator.

/sarc

gwelf on March 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Genius comes easy when you get to legislate the route of an interstate AFTER you’ve bought otherwise worthless land. But this kind of genius is the backbone of the Demonrats. Killary, with no experience in futures trading was making money on cattle when all about her were taking a bath.

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2014 at 11:11 AM

He lives at the Ritz Carlton? How in the world does he pay for that?

MTF on March 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Certainly Eric Holder will direct the DOJ to investigate….oh wait….

workingclass artist on March 26, 2014 at 11:13 AM

I would like to know;
1, did anyone actually receive any of those nominal value gifts?
2, What was the quality of the gift?
3, What do Ryan Elisabeth’s finances look like?

oldernwiser on March 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

4. What 75-year-old gives jewelry as holiday gifts to supporters. Kinda creepy actually.

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Bedazzled Buttplugs…nominal gifts courtesy of Harry Reid.

workingclass artist on March 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

so don’t expect Reid to stop trying to change the optics

And do expect Reid to even care about this in ANY way. This is like accidentally stepping in a puddle for Reid, he’ll just walk away and HE DOESN’T GIVE A DAMN.

It does a good job of keeping conservatives busy fretting over it.

Walter L. Newton on March 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Dirty Harry. Always was and always will be.

COgirl on March 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

He lives at the Ritz Carlton? How in the world does he pay for that?

MTF on March 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Serving in the Senate has been very, very good for him.

Flange on March 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

What if the jewelry is candy jewelry?

Does Harry have a perv van? Inquiring minds want to know.

novaculus on March 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM

This is campaign GRAFT 101, Paying a relative 16 grand for 50 bucks worth of homemade crafts for gifts to donors.
This is skimming of campaign funds for personl family gain.

this is friggin illegial and ole harry should be recalled and imprisoned for fraud.

but being this admin, you can bet this will fade away into the lost and lost files on ERic holder control

sniffles1999 on March 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

How old is Ryan Elizabeth?

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Ryan Elisabeth Reid, 23, is the oldest child of Rory Reid, Harry Reid’s oldest son, who ran an unsuccessful race to become Nevada’s governor …

… Ryan Elisabeth Reid’s jewelry site, http://www.ryanelisabeth.com, is defunct, and there does not appear to be any information available about how she priced her items. But a look at her line of jewelry suggests she worked most in basic metals, mixed media and found objects, not precious or semi-precious metal or stones.

A LinkedIn page for Ryan Elisabeth Reid says that the jewelry designer has also been a costume designer for a San Francisco mime troupe, a playwright and director of the Sprat Theater Company in New York, and an assistant to artist Tim Bavington, who is based in Las Vegas.

Source

Flora Duh on March 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

It never ends with Dirty Harry …

Whitey Ford on March 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Heh. The girl on the thumbnail looks like the girl on the 1970s Bantam paperback edition of The Exorcist. Coincidence?

So tempted to refer to Dingy Harry as Dirty Harry, but I can’t mess Clint Eastwood around that way.

MisterElephant on March 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Genius comes easy when you get to legislate the route of an interstate AFTER you’ve bought otherwise worthless land. But this kind of genius is the backbone of the Demonrats. Killary, with no experience in futures trading was making money on cattle when all about her were taking a bath.

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2014 at 11:11 AM

How dare you impugn Reid’s character. He’s living the American dream. A poor country lawyer enters politics and magically becomes a multi-millionaire.

gwelf on March 26, 2014 at 11:23 AM

‘Dirty’ Harry caught RED HANDED breaking the law! He is a CROOK…a CRIMINAL….

Now everyone out there pay extremely close attention to what happens next…

Anyone remember Trent Lott, GOP who JUST got out of jail not long ago for HIS crime?

Anyone remember Scooter Libby, the Bush administration official Atty General Eric Holder put in jail for not remembering specific unimportant information regarding dates in his past, arrested and jailed for Perjury before Congress…

Yeah, Attorney General Eric Holder, 1st U.S. Attorney General in U.S. History to ever be CENSURED for perpetrating CRIMES, committed 3 Felony Charges of Perjury before Congress during the Fast-and-Furious investigation and then another Felony count of Perjury before Congress during the AP Spying investigation…the Atty General whose on DOJ refused to press charges against their boss and who President Obama has protected after he perpetrated his crimes….put Scooter Libby in jail for the same, yet pale by comparison, thing yet is walking around free.

Fast-and-Furious, IRS-gate, AP Spying-gate, NSA Spying, CIA caught spying on a Senate Committee investigating the CIA – NO ONE has been held accountable by this rogue, Un-Constitutional, Illegal administration!

Look closely, and you will see HARRY REID WILL NOT HAVE CHARGES FILED AGAINST HIM, WILL NOT GO TO JAIL, WILL NOT BE BOOTED FROM THE SENATE, & WILL NOT BE EVEN ASKED TO STEP DOWN AS HEAD OF THE SENATE! H#llm I will be SHOCKED if he so much as receives a ‘Censure’, which is nothing more than an oral or written ‘slap on the wrist’!

If nothing happens to Reid, this will be evidence that our government is rogue, gone out of control, are no longer subjected to our laws, and there is no justice left to be had in this nation!

easyt65 on March 26, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Flora Duh on March 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

I started laughing at “costume designer for a San Francisco mime troupe”.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2014 at 11:28 AM

How dare you impugn Reid’s character. He’s living the American dream. A poor country lawyer enters politics and magically becomes a multi-millionaire.

gwelf on March 26, 2014 at 11:23 AM

There’s got to be a cowboy poem in there somewhere. ;0

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2014 at 11:28 AM

And some people still wonder how Dingy Harry became a millionaire while in office on that paltry Senate salary….

dentarthurdent on March 26, 2014 at 11:30 AM

I wonder if she made little search light pins?

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Ol’ Aqualung debasing our electoral system. Who’d have guessed?

forest on March 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

I must object to calling him Aqualung.
I know Jethro Tull’s lyrics quite well, and Aqualung was “eyeing little girls with bad intent”.
That’s not Dingy Harry….

dentarthurdent on March 26, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I’m sure the WaPo will do at least as many stories about this actual corruption as they did about Bob McDonnell.

ramesees on March 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I started laughing at “costume designer for a San Francisco mime troupe”.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Well it is San Francisco, rainbow colors maybe?

Flora Duh on March 26, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Just perused Ryan Elisabeth’s LinkedIn profile.

Fun fact: She is a former member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

steebo77 on March 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I started laughing at “costume designer for a San Francisco mime troupe”.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Wellll, that’s probably a better position than script writer for the troupe….

dentarthurdent on March 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

come on, how much of a fraud does a democrat politician have to be before he or she is kicked out of office

It isn’t fraud, its equitable redistribution as a form of social justice. And for dems, the sky’s the limit on that.

hawkeye54 on March 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

dentarthurdent on March 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Well, we don’t know until we compare the salary. How much did granddad contribute to that venture?

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Well, we don’t know until we compare the salary. How much did granddad contribute to that venture?

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I get the impression you may have missed my subtle point.

dentarthurdent on March 26, 2014 at 11:53 AM

dentarthurdent on March 26, 2014 at 11:53 AM

No, I didn’t, I got it. I’m just in pure snark mode on this one. You have to be because if it makes MSM at all it will be considered really swell.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM

There’s got to be a cowboy poem in there somewhere. ;0

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2014 at 11:28 AM

A federally funded cowboy poem.

gwelf on March 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM

B’rer Rabbit Reid quakes at the thought of the senate ethics commitee.

Cliff by the Ford on March 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM

4. What 75-year-old gives jewelry as holiday gifts to supporters. Kinda creepy actually.

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

He is a known pedophile.

I read it on the interwebz.

trigon on March 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

The jewelry was affordable affordable, affordable.

MontanaMmmm on March 26, 2014 at 12:06 PM

A “wayback machine” trip to her site in 2012.

http://web.archive.org/web/20120702172006/http://www.ryanelisabeth.com/

b4itsover on March 26, 2014 at 12:07 PM

“You want some jewelry, little boy??”–The pederast, Harry Reid

bimmcorp on March 26, 2014 at 12:08 PM

“Lies! All lies!”

orangemtl on March 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM

When Democrats like Reid get caught with their hands in the campaign fund cookie jar, all that happens is that they are made to give back the money. Why is that?

novaculus on March 26, 2014 at 10:44 AM

There have been a few like Rostenkowski from Chicago, who was just as powerful as Reid, however, I believe that was when Gingrich, et al., were in charge. The current Republican leadership have no principles or the guts to go after anyone except the TEA Party.

lea on March 26, 2014 at 12:18 PM

$16k in campaign funds us what they question? Not the millions he is now worth for being a public “servant”?

LoganSix on March 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

I have come to the conclusion after watching his antics for years that Reid is mentally ill. I mean that in all seriousness.

Annielou on March 26, 2014 at 12:25 PM

b4itsover on March 26, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I was hoping to see a little Searchlight jewelry but I guess it was special ordered.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Ain’t “Public Service” grand

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 26, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Well. He must have given lots of gifts. After having a look at her page on the Wayback Machine (http://web.archive.org/web/20120702172006/http://www.ryanelisabeth.com/), most of her junk ranged from $40 to $100.

The Internet never forgets, even for dumbarses willing to pay $100 for a knit hat.

ReaganWasRight on March 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Just perused Ryan Elisabeth’s LinkedIn profile.

Fun fact: She is a former member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

steebo77 on March 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Here are some more fun facts:

Creative Director Sprat Theatre Company
2012 – Present (2 years)

Formed Sprat Theatre Company to put on a play written and directed by myself – “One Day in the Life of Henri Shnuffle”.

Narcissism runs high with this bunch. Wonder who funded this venture.

The piece ran for three weekends at Loomstate in downtown Manhattan.

Darn, and I live so close to NYC, I could have caught it had I known. Too bad it closed so soon.

Studio Assistant Tim Bavington Studio
June 2010 – Present (3 years 10 months)

Assisted the Fine Artist by mixing paint, preparing works for upcoming show, photographing and documenting works, and reading music to make music drawings.

big eyeroll What a flake.

She only has sixty-some-odd connections. Maybe I should introduce myself, tell her what a fan of hers I am. lulz

MisterElephant on March 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Once a crook, always a crook. Right Harry?

GarandFan on March 26, 2014 at 12:59 PM

One little change and the Allmans have a song for her.

cosifantutte on March 26, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Noting will happen to Reid . . . he’s protected by the corrupt system.

rplat on March 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Its like a country club.

JQA on March 26, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Someone please teach them a very bloody lesson.

F_This on March 26, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Maybe he should have paid her in postage stamps instead.

earlgrey on March 26, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Seems they were clearly hoping to fly this under the radar – or why not correctly list her full name?

Midas on March 26, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Its like a country club.

JQA on March 26, 2014 at 1:55 PM

It IS a country club. Their club, financed by our country.

It is terrific being a member of the club. Its an enriching experience for most of ‘em.

hawkeye54 on March 26, 2014 at 3:37 PM

I have come to the conclusion after watching his antics for years that Reid is mentally ill. I mean that in all seriousness.

Annielou on March 26, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Parkinson’s is my guess, partly due to all the hits he took in his career as an amateur boxer. I’ve seen similar symptoms in older friends and relatives, -the weakening voice, the casual insults, stubborn attitude, the shuffling walk.

slickwillie2001 on March 26, 2014 at 4:05 PM

By the way, shouldn’t the Senate Ethics Committee take an interest in this, too?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA (gasps for breath) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
(nearly passes out from laughing) HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Ed, you are killing me.

SubmarineDoc on March 26, 2014 at 4:08 PM

I have come to the conclusion after watching his antics for years that Reid is mentally ill. I mean that in all seriousness.

Annielou on March 26, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Parkinson’s is my guess, partly due to all the hits he took in his career as an amateur boxer. I’ve seen similar symptoms in older friends and relatives, -the weakening voice, the casual insults, stubborn attitude, the shuffling walk.

slickwillie2001 on March 26, 2014 at 4:05 PM

More: New Software Can Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease Simply By Listening To Your Voice

slickwillie2001 on March 26, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Hmm. Okay if a Demo does this, but not a Repub who will get chastised and pushed to resign. Why not do the same to Reid,the obstructionist of the first water? He obviously thinks his supporters’ money is his to spend any way he wishes. Wrong! Now, who will get him out of Congress? and why not NOW so our country can start moving in the right direction.

Roselle on March 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM