Reid’s granddaughter also got Nevada grants for her NYC theater

posted at 9:21 pm on March 26, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Look, I have no doubt that Ryan Elisabeth’s Etsy shop and skinny-jeaned urban storytelling troupe are just fantastic. But this is getting suspicious:

The five-term senator’s ability to help his relatives may extend well beyond $17,000 for jewelry.

His granddaughter has also received financial support for her fledgling New York theater company from two Nevada-based foundations that typically prohibit donations to organizations outside of their service areas. The foundations belong to gaming and energy companies that have also donated to the lawmaker.

Ryan Elisabeth, in her early 20s and a recent college graduate, describes herself as a “performing arts professional.” In addition to her jewelry company — which is not mentioned on her LinkedIn profile — she also works as an assistant at the Tim Bavington Studio in Las Vegas and as artistic director at Sprat Theatre Company in Brooklyn, N.Y. Donations to the latter organization, which she founded, may raise some eyebrows.

Now, we have Nevada-based foundations who don’t usually operate outside Nevada giving young Ryan money for her performing arts profession, as she is only apparently a part-time jewelry maker whose work happens to be worth $17K:

According to the Brooklyn Arts Council, Sprat “is supported by funds from Clinton Global Initiative, Caesars Foundation, NV Energy Foundation, and individual donors.” (The Sprat website also lists these contributors, along with others.)

The Caesars Foundation is the philanthropic wing of Caesars Entertainment, a Las Vegas-based gaming corporation that owns and operates dozens of casinos. Sen. Reid has received funds from the corporation in the past.

The Caesars Foundation Facebook page indicates that it “funds programs and projects of $10,000 or more,” and requires beneficiaries to “illustrate strong leadership that will significantly strengthen communities in which Caesars operates.”

The NV Energy Foundation, also a philanthropic wing of a larger corporation, donates to a variety of causes — from artistic endeavors to educational institutions. However, its funding guidelines stipulate that recipient nonprofit organizations must be located within the NV Energy’s service area. New York is not part of that area.

I can’t imagine how these connections were made. A nice gig for a 20-something in Obama’s crushingly bad economy for recent grads, if your grandpa’s a senator.

But don’t you dare ask him any questions about it.

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Issa to hold hearings in … oh, screw it …

ShainS on March 26, 2014 at 9:25 PM

But don’t you dare ask him any questions about it.

I hope that comment wasn’t for the media, MKH. Because they already know.

How’s the baby?

Bishop.

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM

As Harry would say, “the word is out”.

whatcat on March 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM

He had no choice, the Koch brothers made him do it.

gsherin on March 26, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Bob McDonnell could very well wind up in federal prison.

Harry Reid?

Yeah right.

steebo77 on March 26, 2014 at 9:28 PM

After everything, wouldn’t it be surprising if this is Reid’s downfall. I’m not holding my breath though.

joekenha on March 26, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Nothing I want more than to see Reid end up as Randolph and Mortimer Duke.

budfox on March 26, 2014 at 9:29 PM

I hate to say it, but I’m really startin’ to think this Harry Reid fella might be corrupt.

Rational Thought on March 26, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Silly MKH, you just don’t get it do you. Harry Reid is a Aristocrat, he and his Aristocratic offspring are not bound by the laws the same as us little people are. They are above the laws, they WRITE the laws. Do you really want to get audited every year for the rest of your life?

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 9:33 PM

I wonder if she got her skill in the ‘performing arts’ from grampa Reid. My, how the crooked, self-serving worm turns. I think Reid should investigate himself.

vnvet on March 26, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Sometimes, when you walk through the gallery, you can smell the corruption…

Lanceman on March 26, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Issa to hold hearings in … oh, screw it …

ShainS on March 26, 2014 at 9:25 PM

dang

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Small potatoes.

His son is a lawyer for SEIU with a reported seven-figure salary – but no experience to justify the hire, other than Dad’s influence.

And virtually all of Reid’s own millions can be traced to sweetheart deals he was made “partner” in risk-free (he put in money, but after any chance of not making a great return was past) with his cronies who received federal favors.

Harry Reid is the most overtly corrupt Senator in history, and certainly the most corrupt since Harrison Williams went to prison for taking bribes in the Abscam scandal. In any just world, he dies in prison for his crimes.

Adjoran on March 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Sometimes, when you walk through the gallery, you can smell the corruption…

Lanceman on March 26, 2014 at 9:36 PM

By “The Gallery” I presume you mean, anywhere within 50 miles of Mordor on the Potomac.

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Things are really getting koched up for dumb Harry.

Cheese Wheel on March 26, 2014 at 9:41 PM

The arrogance is kind of scary. Particularly combined with how close we are to living in a virtual banana republic.

bluesdoc70 on March 26, 2014 at 9:42 PM

C’mon, hasn’t anyone looked at the state abbrevations? NV, NY … it’s obviously an innocent mistake.

corona79 on March 26, 2014 at 9:44 PM

There are only two things ried has done that I applauded.

Getting in a car accident and recieving a black eye.

I know that’s un-Christian like, but so be it.

wolly4321 on March 26, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Wonder if Reid knew these reports were coming out and went all-MSNBC-on-meth-and-Red-Bull in advance, attacking the Koch Brothers and blaming the Republicans for every bad thing since the extinction of the dinosaurs in hopes of ginning up support from the batshirt crazy wing of the party, by now claiming the GOP is out to get him because he’s such a fearless truth-teller.

jon1979 on March 26, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Wait, you mean Harry Reid – Harry REID – was corrupt?

HitNRun on March 26, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Reid himself went from modest means to one of the richest members of Congress after being elected to the Senate. How does that happen without corruption?

I’ve said this before and will say it again: The biggest LEAST reported scandal in government is how many members of Congress go in of average means and come out MILLIONAIRES.

ConstantineXI on March 26, 2014 at 9:47 PM

This girl’s a gold mime.

Flange on March 26, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Republicans in congress will do nothing to hold him accountable.

FrankT on March 26, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Whatever. We know both what happened, and what will be done about it.

Midas on March 26, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Expect some serious handwringing from McConnell.

That’ll teach him!

mankai on March 26, 2014 at 9:53 PM

To quote Dennis Miller, “Harry Reid isn’t a name, it’s a description. #dick”

Midas on March 26, 2014 at 9:53 PM

but is she into cowboy poetry ??

dmacleo on March 26, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Nail this crony mofo

workingclass artist on March 26, 2014 at 9:58 PM

We need a MUCH better system for holding all politicians accountable. BTW, where has Bishop been?

hopeful on March 26, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Reid’s granddaughter also got Nevada grants for her NYC theater

So what’s the problem? Senator Reid is a very fine and trusted man. He is able to direct funds as he sees fit.

arnold ziffel on March 26, 2014 at 10:06 PM

There is an update at the site in regard to some of the donations… But this is just slimy:

Senate majority leader’s granddaughter, Ryan Elisabeth Reid (who was listed on the FEC expenditure report as Ryan Elisabeth).

mankai on March 26, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Ummm… I think you missed this, MKH:

According to the Brooklyn Arts Council, Sprat “is supported by funds from Clinton Global Initiative, Caesars Foundation, NV Energy Foundation, and individual donors.”

A 501(c)(3) run by a potential presidential candidate is siphoning money from funds raised ostensibly for the promotion of, among other things, energy, education, workforce development, and global health and giving that money to the granddaughter of a political crony.

blammm on March 26, 2014 at 10:10 PM

…W T F ?

KOOLAID2 on March 26, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Reid’s granddaughter also got Nevada grants for her NYC theater

The actors were reciting cowboy poetry up there on the stage, so it’s all good.

CJ on March 26, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Republicans in congress will do nothing to hold him accountable.

FrankT on March 26, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Oh,they are doing something.The same thing Harry is.

docflash on March 26, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Keeping the crime in the family.

VorDaj on March 26, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Corruption is now the norm for liberals.

Republicans are too weak, impotent, incompetent and cowardly to do anything about it.

No Chop Charlie on March 26, 2014 at 11:00 PM

BTW, where has Bishop been?

hopeful on March 26, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Quite suddenly, he announced one day a couple of weeks ago that he was leaving the site. Whether permanently, I don’t know.

MisterElephant on March 26, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Corruption is now the norm for liberals.

Republicans are too weak, impotent, incompetent and cowardly to do anything about it.

No Chop Charlie on March 26, 2014 at 11:00 PM

.
Your first line is ‘right-on’.

But don’t discount the fact that more than half of the Republicans are corrupt, as well.

listens2glenn on March 26, 2014 at 11:36 PM

BTW, where has Bishop been?

hopeful on March 26, 2014 at 9:59 PM

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Quite suddenly, he announced one day a couple of weeks ago that he was leaving the site. Whether permanently, I don’t know.

MisterElephant on March 26, 2014 at 11:20 PM

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Wow … I wasn’t aware of this.

Thanks for passing it on.

listens2glenn on March 26, 2014 at 11:40 PM

The point is he tried to get away with it and when he was caught he said he’d pay the money back. He was for fraud before he was against it I guess. Wonder what else is out there that hasn’t been found.

MH53J on March 26, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Uh, hello out there…. what about the other listed but ignored donating organization, the Clinton Global Initiative? What is it, you ask?

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

And…. the Sprat Theatre Company in Brooklyn is an innovative solution to the world’s most pressing challenges?

Explanation, please. Bill? Hillary? Bueller?

IndieDogg on March 27, 2014 at 5:16 AM

I guess the NV supply of post-pubescent teenagers is running low. So Harry arranged for a new pipeline out of NYC.

Allegedly…

JohnGalt23 on March 27, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Let’s all get paid for making macaroni necklaces and doing skits in the living room.

ButterflyDragon on March 27, 2014 at 6:25 AM

Issa to hold hearings in … oh, screw it …

ShainS on March 26, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Wrong chamber. The Senate Ethics Committee should be calling for hearings. But with the ranking member being Senator Barbara “call me ma’am” Boxer, don’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen.

Flora Duh on March 27, 2014 at 6:32 AM

The “press” finding this is like seeing one termite in the crawl space. Barry’s pathetically obvious kickback land deal with tony rezco’s wife and his “earmark” for the Mooch’s $325k community outreach “job” at a public hospital: nothing for you racists to worry about. Just think of Carl Sagan as a cowboy poet. The reality is billions and billions these guys dispense to themselves and their pals, and they don’t bother to disguise the real nature of the business they are in much more than tony soprano, the recycling specialist. They wake up every morning laughing. At us.

cosifantutte on March 27, 2014 at 6:43 AM

And the MSM will be all over this high level corruption…wait, what? It’s democRAT corruption…move along, nothing to see here…

When the shooting starts in the coming civil war in the near future “journalists” should be rounded up dealt with as the traitors that they are. They are nothing more than paid demoCRAP liars and propagandists and they should pay a painful and permanent personal price for that treason.

Doomsday on March 27, 2014 at 8:47 AM

So where is the MSM on this revelation? ot a sound. Reid lives by the corrupt rule “Do as I say, not what I do”. He is part of the royal monarchy that needs to be investigated and remove from Congress!

karlinsync on March 27, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Nevada … you should be embarrassed.

Carnac on March 27, 2014 at 9:51 AM

The “spoils system” is alive and well in our corrupt government today.

savage24 on March 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM

So Reid is a crook. No surprise. And NOTHING will come of this, as always.

earlgrey on March 27, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Money laundering? I miss the days of the special prosecutor.

lea on March 27, 2014 at 2:54 PM