Harry Reid’s Nevada family values


WASHINGTON, April 13, 2014 — One thing Harry Reid does well is live up to his moniker, “Dirty Harry.”  On his side of the Democrat wing of the organized crime family in Washington, Reid has few equals as a world class bag man.

It may be pure coincidence that the army of heavily armed agents of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are now pulling back from their positions encircling Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s family ranch, North of Las Vegas. But it’s doubtful. It may have everything to do with a new round of intense scrutiny of Reid’s use of influence to reward family members and campaign donors in lucrative development deals across the state.

A detailed report of Reid’s efforts to promote a Chinese takeover of 9,000 acres in Clark County for the purposes of building a solar energy farm and manufacturing plant was released by Reuters’ Marcus Stern, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist. Stern revealed:

 The Langfang, China-based ENN Energy Group hopes to build what would be the largest solar energy complex in America. The site chosen with Rory Reid’s guidance is in tiny Laughlin, Nevada, a gambling town of 7,300 along the Colorado River, 90 miles south of Las Vegas. ENN is headed by Chinese energy tycoon Wang Yusuo, who made a fortune estimated by Forbes at $2.2 billion distributing natural gas in China. Wang escorted Reid and a delegation of nine other U.S. senators on a tour of the company’s clean energy operations in Langfang, and Reid featured Wang as a speaker at his 4th annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas last year.

Reid has been one of the project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project in Nevada. His son, a lawyer with a prominent Las Vegas firm that is representing ENN, helped it locate a 9,000-acre (3,600-hectare) desert site that it is buying well below appraised value from Clark County, where Rory Reid formerly chaired the county commission.

How much below appraised value? Enough to cause a few raised eyebrows at the sweetheart deal approved by the Clark County Commission that Reid’s son formerly chaired. While the acreage had an appraised value between $28 and $36 million, the sale price was negotiated down to $4.5 million. Compared to so-called “Russian Negotiation,” Chinese negotiation seems supercharged with the high-octane fuel of the Reid Nevada political machine.

Reid’s use of elected office to enrich himself and his cronies in Nevada is nothing new. In 2006, Reid was investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee concerning his role in a speculative land deal in Las Vegas that netted him $700,000. Reid purchased a tract of land, folded it into an LLC with a friend who purchased an adjacent plot, and then used his clout as senator to persuade the local zoning committee to rezone the property for retail. A $400,000 investment turned into $1.1 million. Reid failed to disclose to the Federal Election Commission that he had transferred the land into Patrick Lane LLC, the partnership he created with business associate Jay Brown.

The accounts of such activity are numerous and persistent. Senator Reid has sponsored as much as $47 million in earmarks that enriched clients of his son Key Reid, who represented them as a professional lobbyist. As reported in the LA Times, Reid’s son-in-law, Steve Barringer cashed in to the tune of $300,000 when the Senator pushed “a provision allowing the company to acquire 998 acres of federal land ripe for development in the exploding Las Vegas metropolitan area.”

The bill also benefited a real-estate development headed by a senior partner in the Nevada law firm that then employed all four of Reid’s sons — Rory, Leif, Josh, and Key — by moving the right-of-way for a federal power transmission line off his property and onto what had been protected federal wilderness.

Reid may be a product of his environment, doing business as it’s often done in Nevada, but he is unusually good at it. This extends to the way in which he accepts money from operators like convicted influence peddler Jack Abramoff. Reid adopts the posture that somehow the $61,000 he got from Abramoff to smooth out legislative pot holes for Indian tribal interests is sanctified by the fact that it went to him, not to a Republican. The “Abramoff matter,” Reid protests, is a “Republican scandal.”

Reid’s play to pay activities go on for pages – you can review them at Key Wiki.

Another bit of business with Reid’s fingerprints all over it bookends his sordid record, illuminating his sense of invincibility and his motive for public office. Reid has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from the very pharmaceutical industry that he, President Obama, and other Democrats pretended vigorously to oppose prior to the vote on the Affordable Care Act. The pharmaceutical industry funded campaign ads to help Reid withstand Sharron Angle’s 2010 challenge, a campaign in which only a heavy infusion of union money and help from numerous Reid affiliates in the state GOP saved his seat.

Reid accepted the maximum allowed sum of $10,000 from the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), along with another $10,000 from drug maker Eli Lilly’s Political Action Committee (PAC). In 2010 alone, Reid took over $154,000 from drug industry PACs.

He was worth every penny. Reid shepherd a bill, called a “reform,” through Congress for PhRMA. The bill was essentially written by the drug lobby. It carved out mandates and subsidies and enshrined 12-year monopolies for related bio-tech firms.

The “risk corridor” provisions of Obamacare that have taxpayers underwriting possible insurance industry losses, were part and parcel of the same process.

According to Natural News:

In addition to PACs, Reid secures drug industry funding via volunteer lobbyist fundraisers known as “bundlers.” One of these bundlers is Paul DiNino, a lobbyist whose firm represents PhRMA, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer and Sanofi-Aventis. Another is Tony Podesta, who represents Amgen and Genzyme. A third is William Singer, who represents Pfizer. DiNino raised $23,950 for Reid in the last year, Singer raised $39,705 and Podesta has raised $78,400.  A PAC for lobbying firm DLA Piper has raised at least $26,500 for his campaign.

Reid’s critics might have good reason if they smell in the heavy-handed use of BLM agents as button men in the Bundy Ranch debacle, the stench of Harry Reid lining up other more lucrative uses for the land around the ranch than a Desert Tortoise preserve.

Be cautious in telling Harry Reid to “help yourself” — unless you need a job done in Nevada or Washington.

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  • iowa pam

    Hang that pig.

  • Charles Bill L.

    I knew I smelt King Harry in the Bundy standoff.I said I smelt King Harry as clear as my bacon cooking for my breakfast.What we have in our government are a bunch of crooks and its time for a house cleaning.Lets hope that we can do some of the cleaning this November and the trash we miss maybe we can finish cleaning it in 2016.

  • william russell

    Hello all how the hell can this be going on for years and no one has the guts to do anything about it. Where is the news media, where is the journalists. I hope the republican house will hold hearing on the bundy thing and get these facts out on the table. Reid sits in the senate and o n the floor calls republicans, crooks, lies, and he is the biggest one of all.;;.No wonder the usa voter is so disgusted with all in office.

    • RGZ_50

      this article only gives an appetizer of the amazing volume of violations of oath of office Reid has committed. I agree with you that when elected officials (of any party) are running a crime syndicate out of Capitol Hill, and there is no political will to remove them from office – we have a constitutional crises. Same with Obama, same with Pelosi, same with Feinstein and that’s just the short list.

    • John Adams

      Everyone here in Nevada is scared or in his pockets, he is made by the casino industry
      Now you screw with him you get audited and harassed, he has illegals voting for him because of citizenship and Obama practices.
      The police wont arrest an illegal here , yet they have kids and get on section 8 and we house and feed millions not to mention school and give medical .
      They estimate that over 20 percent of las Vegas illegals and yes most of them vote and dont you dare try to I.D OR QUESTION THEM—YOU RACIST–LOL

    • Herman Vogel

      News Media,,,REALLY?? They helped him get elected and Re-Elected, same with Obama. We have a puppet media in this country, nothing more. Might as well be Radio Prague in he old Czechoslovakia

  • Mari Alvarez

    I’m ashamed of my fellow Las Vegans/Nevadans who have continually re-elected this slimy jacka**….my apologies America 🙁

    • RGZ_50

      there’s a mention in the article of a factor in his re-election that is disturbing for anyone registered GOP in Nevada. Reid received a boat load of endorsements from a long list of Republican elected officials in the state – against the Republican nominee!

    • John Adams

      Mari—I haven’t met one person that has admitted voting for him–seriously–have you ?

      • It’s not who votes, it’s who COUNTS the votes. They come out with the real numbers two years later.. Absolutely Atrocious. The voice of the silent majority speaks louder, eventually, as we all are NOW. They can’t tell us any differently on any network or news outlet. It’s all propaganda… LIES, it’s just a matter of what extent they go to rally for this dictatorship. It’s vomit inducing. The Media won’t have to worry about ratings or ad sales. They continue to prop up these perps, and they won’t have an audience, PERIOD. They’re idiots if they think they’ll be spared a second thought.

        • Lyin Ryin More

          unregister to vote…Im not joking. Do it, and watch them quiz you as to why you are giving up your right to vote…1- tell them I don’t consent to this 2- until you have viable candidates Im not in.3- Im not staying on the voter rolls, to give some elected official the numbers to the grant he wants…nooo thanks. So unregister, its like a great heaviness has been lifted. You are 100% either you are wealthy or you own the voting machines..the only way to guarantee an election.

  • Knowsrightfromwrong

    he’s the scum of the earth. Sadly, he’s passed on his reprehensible characteristics to his children. He calls himself a man of faith… Mormon? I cant judge but I’d have to venture a guess that him and his family might just rot in hell. Forget about the golden hereafter, buddy.

    • Wayne

      Please don’t associate him with us. He is even more disgusting to us as anyone else because he makes the rest of us look bad. We don’t see how in the world he could possibly have a temple recommend. If he does, it is because he is lying. Just one of many questions asked to get a temple recommend is: Are you honest in your dealings with your fellow man? There is no way he can truthfully say yes, and if he is saying yes, he will have to account to Heavenly Father for it.

  • 1LTLos

    Isnt China the nation that has the filthiest air quality on the planet and these Reid scum are providing the inroad for the Chicoms to peddle their bogus alternative energy baloney on stolen American territory? Buddy we gave Mexico GOLD BULLION for the territory that we leveraged from the Mexicans after the Alamo! These morons have no sense of history or loyalty to their country. I SAY KEEP CHINA OUT OF THE USA Besides – I also believe that American technology is superior to Chinese technology. Bottom line is that where are they going to store this so-called solar power? How will it be distributed – You’ll still need petroleum based technology to generate transformer stations and what about them batteries??? The size of Rhode Island. Reid twins should hang from the end of a rope by the neck till expired.

    • RGZ_50

      with a little luck and some roll up the sleeves hard work, we can get 6 new conservatives in the Senate and then Harry’s only ‘Big Job’ will be the one he does in the Senate Men’s room.

  • Shockedandcantbelive

    This is illegal folks. This is profiteering as an elected official, using govt processes to get rich. Remember all that backlash when Hilary Clinton suddenly got rich over night with the insider trading thing when Bill was in office messing around with Lewinsky?
    Why hasn’t Reid been thrown in jail yet? It’s time for the people to demand that all the behind closed doors and under the table deals with China be stopped and sent to trial.
    This is OUR America, not theirs to take from the people and put into their own pockets.

    • goob

      Start it!!!! You know how to start that process?

      • Convention of The States…. check it out, then Citizens for Self Governance. Google it with George Will in the search or without. Just join — we’re in that “nothing left to lose” kinda Freedom right now. If not 2014, by 2016 we will be irrelevant. ( permanently, with no paddle) .. it’s serious. big time.

        • Shockedandcantbelive

          Thank you, Laura! You are exactly right and since I last posted, that is now being called on by Congress. Let’s hope it makes a difference. I hate to think of another Civil war starting here in the U.S. and frankly, the people are getting beyond being patient and tolerant any longer.

  • Oneinformedvoter

    A Republican doing these things would have been thrown out of office after being pilloried in the MSM and by the Democrats in Washington. When are we going to get “justice for all”. Is that why they don’t want to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag? They don’t believe that justice should be applied to them?

  • jeanne40

    The news media is protecting Obama and all the Democrats. If it the other way around, they would be talking like crazy. Now the main stations, CBS, NBC, ABC are not saying anything about the Obamas. Which leaves the cable news stations, CNN, FOX, etc. They report everything. At least their honest. Remember Reid will get his sooner or later, along with Pelosi. I can’t wait for it to happen .

    • Shockedandcantbelive

      Very well stated, Jeanne and you are absolutely correct about the “bought and paid for media” groups that you listed, as being biased and hiding the truth.

      Liberals cannot tell the truth, nor can they hear it and believe it, even when it hits them in the face.

      The ONLY time they will listen to the truth is when it hits their wallets. It’s a proven fact!

  • grimreemer

    How does scum like Harry Reid remain in office in this day and age after failing to clear an ordinary everyday man’s common sense test of corruption. Forget the complexities and nuances of the law ( that exist solely to create an industry which requires lawyers). Everyone can clearly see the pay to play cronyism and nepotism that his power allows for his (Harry Reid’s) personal gain. It’s disgusting. It’s unlawful and he needs to be out of office and in jail. Yet sadly this will not happen. Our country is lost to thugs like Harry Reid and his ilk on Capitol Hill. Carve our country up Harry, continue to sell out the American people for your personal gain. But beware! I sense an awakening in the notions of liberty fueled in revolution…

  • Robert Jones

    Reid has no values. He and his son are both corrupt degenerates.

  • Like Dennis Miller said – “Harry Reid should have a chalk line around him”. “Harry Reid isn’t a name, it’s a description” Harry Reid is a convenient weed blocking anything from going to the Senate much less Pass into Law..THAT’S how he does it, with a little help from the Thief in Chief and Eric with- Holder. This is D.C. Corruption gone Nuclear, forget steroids, those are for rookies, These guys are The Trifecta for Stomping all over The People and The Constitution, Common Criminals – Their dues will be paid. 2014, All D’s must go.

    • Lyin Ryin More

      All in DC need to go, not just Dems, the lot of them, start a new.

  • Daiseymae

    It is time for Dirty Harry Greed to get kicked out of office. He is one nasty piece of work.

  • Theresa Rider

    Mafia man Harry Reid is a mobster I know first hand how abusive corrupted he works. Would love to testify before a Senate investigation or a Federal prove. Harry go to jai along with your mafia Organization sons son-in-law, “Jay H. Brown”, Samuel Lionel, a whole list of names I know involved in your Organization of destruction. Go to prison loose your life time Secret Service protection you do not deserve that is wrong to loving Americans to use our taxes for a criminal.

  • suezz

    he also refused to bring the audit the fed bill that introduced even up for a vote.

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