Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Harry Reid and Influence Back Peddling
Harry Reid, D-Nev, Senate Minority Leader, has been caught up in the Jack Abramoff influence buying scandal, reports NewsMax. Abramoff entered a plea bargain agreement with the Justice Dept this morning in exchange for naming names.
The Associated Press revealed last November that Harry Reid had taken tens of thousands of dollars from the Coushatta Indian tribe, represented by Abramoff. Reid was paid-off after influencing Gail Norton, Secratary of the Interior, in gambling casino dispute between Coushatta and a rival tribe.
The day after Reid sent a letter to Norton, March 5, 2002, a $5,000 check was cut by the Coushatta leadership and sent to Reid's Searchlight Leadership Fund, a tax-exempt political group. Another Abramoff represented tribe sent Reid an additional $5000 check to Reid's group. Between 2001 and 2004, Reid's group took-in "donations" totalling over $66,000.
When questioned by Chris Wallace of "Fox News Sunday's", Reid said, "Don't try to say I received money from Abramoff. I've never met the man, don't know anything." When pressed he said, "I'll repeat, Abramoff gave me no money."
If Abramoff didn't give Reid the money, who did? He obviously got it from someone.
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