February 9, 2006


Reid Aided Ambramoff Clients, Records Show (JOHN SOLOMON and SHARON THEIMER, 2/09/06, Associated Press)

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid wrote at least four letters helpful to Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff, and the senator's staff regularly had contact with the disgraced lobbyist's team about legislation affecting other clients.

The activities _ detailed in billing records and correspondence obtained by The Associated Press _ are far more extensive than previously disclosed. They occurred over three years as Reid collected nearly $68,000 in donations from Abramoff's firm, lobbying partners and clients.

Reid's office acknowledged Thursday having "routine contacts" with Abramoff's lobbying partners and intervening on some government matters - such as blocking some tribal casinos - in ways Abramoff's clients might have deemed helpful. But it said none of his actions were affected by donations or done for Abramoff.

Mr. Reid's defense is sound--Democrat attacks are just wrong.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 9, 2006 6:05 PM

reid is toast. a small man for a small party.

Posted by: toe at February 9, 2006 7:22 PM

Agree. The Dems these days are like the guy in the shoot em up movie where he blasts away at a target only to find it was one of his own.

Posted by: AWW at February 9, 2006 8:22 PM

Harry's always around when money changes hands.

Posted by: ed at February 9, 2006 8:44 PM

that's why he's a natural men's room attendant

Posted by: toe at February 9, 2006 9:33 PM

Now, now, he was only looking out for the interests of his constituants. We must remember that this is our scandal alone.

Posted by: Jayson at February 9, 2006 10:49 PM

Reid's Chief of Staff went on a free trip (courtesy of Abramoff). The Dems live for guilt by association - ergo, Reid is GUILTY.

It is funny to listen to his staff's claims of purity. They know that this is the way business has been done in D.C. for a long time, probably since the early 1970s, when federal spending really began to soar. Remember all the stories about Gucci Gulch when the Tax Reform Act of 1986 was passed? Sure, the favors may not have been as "generous", but the influence was omnipresent, just the same.

Posted by: ratbert at February 10, 2006 12:04 AM
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