US Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, currently the Senate Minority Leader and the Democrat's choice to become Senate Majority Leader, has received nearly
$68,000 in campaign donations from convicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, his lobbying partners, and his clients, over the past 3 years,
according to the Associated Press. Ironically, this was after DNC Chairman Howard Dean had vehemently denied that Democrats had done any favors for
Abramoff's Indian tribe clients.
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.
Reid also intervened on government matters at least five times in ways helpful to Abramoff's tribal clients, once opposing legislation on the Senate
floor and four times sending letters pressing the Bush administration on tribal issues. Reid collected donations around the time of each action.
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Jack Abramoff reported to a Maryland prison today to begin serving a six year sentence for a fraudulent Florida casino deal. He is awaiting sentencing
in another public corruption case.
Abramoff is most often associated with Republicans. As part of his plea bargain, he is expected to sing to the feds about the depth and methods of his
crimes, as well as to name names. There are a lot of nervous politicians in Washington tonight.
If Reid is guilty of these allegations, he should resign immediately. Else the cloud of corruption will overshadow the newly found gains of the
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[edit on 15-11-2006 by jsobecky]