Tarry for the Nonce

October 11, 2006

Better Than Daytime TV

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 5:07 pm

Mark Foley’s personal ickiness certainly takes precedence, but I didn’t want Harry Reid’s shifty land deals to slip through the cracks:

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid collected a $1.1 million windfall on a Las Vegas land sale even though he hadn’t personally owned the property for three years, property deeds show.

In the process, Reid did not disclose to Congress an earlier sale in which he transferred his land to a company created by a friend and took a financial stake in that company, according to records and interviews . . .

The complex dealings allowed Reid to transfer ownership, legal liability and some tax consequences to Brown’s company without public knowledge, but still collect a seven-figure payoff nearly three years later . . .

Kent Cooper, who oversaw government disclosure reports for federal candidates for two decades in the Federal Election Commission, said Reid’s failure to report the 2001 sale and his ties to Brown’s company violated Senate rules . . .

“It is especially disconcerting when you have a member of the leadership, of either party, not putting in the effort to make sure this is a complete and accurate report,” said Cooper. “That says something to other members. It says something to the Ethics Committee.”

It seems that this shady land deal came to light when the casino lawyer who brokered the deal was connected to an investigation of political bribery and organized crime. Intriguing, no?

It’s all quite provocative and I just wanted to make sure it didn’t get lost in the Foley hullabaloo which, incidentally, isn’t working out quite as the Democrats hoped:

An ABC News/Washington Post survey taken Oct. 5 to 8 found that three of every four respondents did not think Democrats would have handled the Foley matter any better, and roughly two in three thought Democrats were pursuing the matter for political gain, not to raise legitimate concerns . . .

Job approval of Republican leaders, 33 percent before Foley quit, went up 1 percentage point afterward.

Apparently, even Chappaquiddick was cited. Pretty dirty dealings, all around.

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1 Comment

  1. Not to be a conspiracy theorist, but isn’t it interesting that the gas prices started going down right around the campaign season’s kickoff? Yeah, a bit too coincidental if you ask me…. So its not *that* relevant, but it does jive with the whole “let’s all look really good right around election time” thing.

    Comment by Andrew P. — October 12, 2006 @ 2:27 am


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