Harry Reid’s campaign has admitted to using (actually, misusing) $17,000 of campaign funds as a gift for his granddaughter, Ryan Elisabeth Reid, 23, the oldest child of his son Rory Reid.
Rory Reid is the same family member who ran an unsuccessful 2010 bid to become Nevada’s governor.
As a strong competitor to unseat Pres. Obama as the reigning champion of slimeball liars, Senator Reid attempted to covered up his illegal use of funds in a mandatory disclosure document by omitting her last name.
Karoun Demirjian of the Las Vegas Sun reports:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has reimbursed his campaign nearly $17,000 paid to his granddaughter for “holiday gifts” in late 2013, after the Federal Election Commission insisted that his campaign clarify why the money was spent.
The FEC sent the treasurer for Friends of Harry Reid a letter insisting that he “must include a brief statement or description … to clarify the following description: ‘holiday gifts.’”
Reid’s campaign operation listed that description on its year-end report for two separate disbursements to Ryan Elisabeth of Berkley (sic), Calif., on Oct. 23 — one for $5,416.93, the other for $11,370.00…
“I thought it would be nice to give supporters and staff thank-you gifts that had a personal connection and a Searchlight connection,” Reid said in a prepared statement. “But I have decided to reimburse the campaign for the amount of the expenditure.”
Thomas Lifson of American Thinker couldn’t help but draw a clear comparison with Reid’s questionable activities and that of another infamous truth-spinning syndicate:
Will Reid claim that he did not know of this appropriation of campaign funds for his granddaughter? That would strain credulity. But if he did direct campaign funds be used for the oldest child of his oldest child, that would be a crime. Ask Jesse Junior. He can be reached at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, NC.
This is basically the same crime that sent Jesse Jackson Jr., the son of the notorious high-stakes race-card player, to prison. It’s been a bad month for the Democrats. Reid’s indiscretions are just another in a long list of the party’s March Madness of corruption.
In the video above, Harry Reid had his best poker face on when he got noticeably testy with a reporter who had the “nerve” to call the senator’s bluff on his unethical and illegal conduct. Reid responded to the question with his typical obfuscations:
No, in fact it wasn’t. We complied with all the rules. I just wanted to avoid, and (pause) I’m just very fortunate I could write that check. So it’s all done. Everything was complied with beforehand…I’m not going to answer any…Read my statement.
This pretty much explains why the unhinged Harry considers himself to be so good at spotting liars and then shamelessly turning around and claiming that it was a lie that he called people liars — it takes one to [think you] know one!
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