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Patrick Leahy –Bought and Sold, According to Harry Reid

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Harry Reid doesn’t like the proposed asbestos bill that Senators Specter and Leahy have put together. Reid branded the bill the product of lobbyists “buying their way into the Senate.”

Glass houses, Harry. Glass houses.

Here’s a NRSC primer on Harry Reid and lobbyists, including these nuggets on Reid and Abramoff:

WAIT A MINUTE! ISN’T REID CONNECTED TO ABRAMOFF TOO? LET US COUNT THE WAYS . . .

1. Reid Wrote A Letter To The Secretary Of The Interior On Behalf Of An Abramoff Client. ‘Nearly three dozen lawmakers pressed to block a Louisiana Indian casino while collecting large donations from the lobbyist and his tribal clients. Many, including leaders in both parties, intervened with letters to Interior Secretary Gale Norton within days of receiving money from tribes represented by Abramoff or using the lobbyist’s restaurant for fundraising, an Associated Press review of campaign reports, IRS records and congressional correspondence found. . . . Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada sent a letter to Norton on March 5, 2002, that was signed also by Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev.'(John Solomon and Sharon Theimer, ‘Indicted Lobbyist: Cash Flowed, Casino Fight Grew,’The Associated Press, November 18, 2005)

The Day After Reid Penned His Letter, Clients Of Abramoff Donated $5,000 To Reid’s Leadership PAC. ‘Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada sent a letter to [Interior Secretary Gale] Norton on March 5, 2002, that was signed also by Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. The next day, the Coushattas issued a $5,000 check to Reid’s tax-exempt political group, the Searchlight Leadership Fund. A second Abramoff tribe sent $5,000 to Reid’s group. Reid received more than $66,000 in Abramoff-related donations between 2001 and 2004.'(John Solomon and Sharon Theimer, ‘Indicted Lobbyist: Cash Flowed, Casino Fight Grew,’The Associated Press, November 18, 2005)

2. Between 2001 And 2004, Reid Received $61,000 Worth Of Abramoff-Related Donations And Does Not Intend To Return Them. ‘Between 2001 and 2004 Reid received $61,000 from donors with links to Abramoff, Reid’s office confirmed. ‘Any contributions he received were part of lawful fundraising,’ Hafen said Tuesday. ‘Senator Reid has done nothing wrong and sees no need to return the donations.”(Steve Tetreault, ‘Reid, Ensign Show No Worry,’Las Vegas Review Journal, January 4, 2006)

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