“I Am Not a Criminal” Senator Harry Reid says as Illegal Campaign Donor is Jailed

Harry Reid

Nixon’s “I am not a crook” is listed as one of the top 10 unfortunate political quotes. Senator Reid’s “I am not a criminalmay shortly join that list.

On Monday, Harry Reid’s close friend and donor, Harvey Whittemore was sentenced to two years in prison for funneling more than $130,000 in illegal campaign funds to Sen. Harry Reid’s re-election committee in 2007.  He received three felony convictions, his sentence includes $100,00 in fines and 100 community service hours.  Whittemore was a former Nevada power broker and named the most powerful lobbyist in Nevada who worked for gambling, alcohol and tobacco industries.  His nickname was the “64th legislator”.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Reid and Whittemore go way back; four of Reid’s sons were hired by the law firm in which Harvey Whittemore was a senior partner. Sen. Reid and Whittemore were involved in very big land deals, including federal legislation to help the development of Coyote Springs.

So Senator Reid decided that this was the perfect time to defend his character.

The Nevada Democrat also defended his role in fighting Republican attempts to water down Obamacare as a condition to keeping the government open, responding directly to a National Review piece that called him the “villain of villains.”

“When I read this yesterday, I thought, no one likes to be called a villain,” Reid said, reading aloud definitions of the word that mean “uncouth,” “scoundrel” or “criminal.” “I am not a criminal. I am not a scoundrel. So they better get a different definition of me.”

How about crook?

Since 2000, Whittemore, his wife and the Coyote Springs company have given Reid’s senatorial campaign and political action committees at least $45,000. That included $35,000 for Reid’s leadership PAC, the Searchlight Leadership Fund, which helped him advance as a Senate leader.

Most of that money was contributed in 2002 shortly after Reid introduced the Clark County land bill.

In 2000, Whittemore gave an additional $20,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which Reid promoted as a party leader. Prior to 2000, the Whittemores had given Reid and his Senate campaign committee a total of $6,500, plus $5,000 for his leadership PAC.

Nixon could at least honestly say that he had never taken a cent. Harry Reid can’t say that. His position was bought for him by a crook in exchange for favors.

2007: Whittemore meets with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and promised to raise $150,000 for his re-election bid.

June 2012: Whittemore is indicted on charges for making illegal campaign contributions to Reid, which included making excessive contributions and making contributions in the name of another person.

Nothing criminal to see here.

 

  • option31

    He is a criminal and certainly he is an oath breaker / traitor.

  • Jimmy Mercer

    Harry Reid has a penchant for wrong doing. He and
    many others like him are political – prostitutes who will do anything for the almighty dollar. In fact, they give prostitutes a bad name. At least a prostitute will be candid about who they are and the services they provide. Harry Reid – Nancy Pelosi and countless others are amoral political chameleons constantly blending with crooks and cronies in a way in which invariably they are all the same. There has to be a reckoning and soon.

  • Rich Beer

    Why does Reid call Americans standing up for their rights “domestic terrorists”? Sounds like something a criminal and a crook would say.

  • PCV

    He’s a jackass, plain and simple!

  • Leftbehind

    Harry Reid is a Criminal , a Liar , a Thief , and a Disgusting POS . He needs to be in Prison .

  • thedogrules

    “I am not a criminal” That is laughable Harry, I see that the apple did not fall far from the tree, your sons are following in your footsteps: RPT-FEATURE-U.S. Senator Reid, son combine for China firm’s desert plant, http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/31/usa-china-reid-solar-idUSL2E8JTAVJ20120831, gotta move the cattle to get the plant in, Harry Reid’s Son in Charge of Nevada Voting Machines Used in Fraud, http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative/2010/10/harry-reids-son-in-charge-of-nevada-voting-machines-used-in-fraud-242299.html, always wondered how Harry always get re-elected, and then the rest of his sons are lobbyist, what an American family, looking out for the country and the people no doubt.

  • uspatriot#1

    Nixon should recieve a metal of honor for watergate. As we can now see; he was trying to Protect America from the Demoncratic Mafia which is now destroying our country; the administration of corruption, LIES, and Treason. Look what they are trying to do to Denish D. over $15,000. Harry Reid is a crooked, lying, immoral, brain-dead dinasour, he has outlived his usefulness, RETIRE HARRY!