“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.

 

  • jakespoon

    OK,so you’re not a criminal,and Alphonse was a “legitimate” businessman.

  • Sharps Rifle

    Famous last words…”Tricky Dick” and “Dingy Harry.”

    • Bob

      Naw…..DIRTY HARRY fits better (With apologies to Clint Eastwood)

  • SECUREOURBORDERSNOW

    OMG, what a giant POS this guy is. Nevada can’t you do better than this?

    • pupsncats

      Nevada, prostitution, drugs, gambling, Mafia owned and run. Why do you think anyone but a crook would come from a state that exists for criminal enterprises and vice?

  • PeterK10

    Reid is like an Ayn Rand villain. Her Ellsworth Toohey character comes to mind. Even the name fits Reid perfectly.

  • semus

    Reid is a crook.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    In a Party full of crooks Harry goes unnoticed. The list is so long that the low information voters can’t focus on Harry. Hillary wood say it is not even as worthy as Benghazi, and we all know what she thinks about that.

  • Steeloak

    “This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.”

    Al Capone

  • Steeloak

    “I am like any other man. All I do is supply a demand.”

    Al Capone

  • A Z

    After reading other news articles today, had looked up Harry Reid’s wiki page.
    I saw the name Whittmore many times associated with scandal.

    That I now see Reid’s ally go down inflames is unexpected but welcomed.

    I am hoping that Reid goes down.

  • ziggy zoggy

    Gollum. Harry Reid is Gollum.

    Is that a good enough definition, my precious?

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Nixon was a crook, but Harry’s doing it for the revolution, man. So he’s a loyal comrade.

  • gerry

    Harry blends nicely in the scenery.All dems are crooks and they work for one.To them it is the normal thing to do.These are the ganster running the US,.

  • defcon 4

    I wonder how many senators and congressmen are receiving islam0fascist petrodollar payouts? I wonder why federal law enforcement never bothers to find out?

    • brutus

      as if

  • brutus

    Aipac revenge……………..next time vote “yes” when we want to attack a enemy of israel

  • kafir4life

    OK Harry. We’ve got another definition of you. Pedophile. It turns out that Dingy Harry likes the little boys. It’s true. We have the proof. But we don’t need to provide it. Harry has it. He knows. He should come clean. He’s a pervert and everyone knows it.

  • Elizabeth capecod

    This is the first I’m hearing of this.
    If it had involved a republican senator, this would have been all over the media.
    Shameful times we live in.

    • NoPartyjustUSA

      Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t matter. They are all in it for themselves!

  • pupsncats

    How many illegal campaign contributions are not discovered? And even if discovered, they can never be evaluated as to how much they may have helped get or keep Reid and others in office. The ugly reality is no one can honestly say our election system is not rigged.

  • Joe Rogowski

    Does anyone doubt that poor Harry is a crook who will never be voted out of office? The policies of the Democrats in from the East Coast mob to the Chicago syndicates the regulator Mobs in Vegas run the country. The velvet Mafia of LA. Who started Vegas? Who employed all of those “honest” folk hat movie to DeNiro should be an education tool, not an entertainment tool)to be the low level soldiers of the Casinos? And they want more control by the day, hence the hijacking of US health care.

  • Joe Rogowski

    Does anyone doubt that poor Harry is a crook who will never be voted out of office? The policies of the Democrats in from the East Coast mob to the Chicago syndicates the regulator Mobs in Vegas run the country. The velvet Mafia of LA. Who started Vegas? Who employed all of those “honest” folk hat movie to DeNiro should be an education tool, not an entertainment tool)to be the low level soldiers of the Casinos? And they want more control by the day, hence the hijacking of US health care.

  • Merry Lou Masonry

    What a proud Mormon he is.

  • gregzotta

    Hey Harry, STFU. You are a thief and you should be
    impeached an indicted. Thomas Jefferson: Rightful liberty is unobstructed
    action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights
    of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but
    the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
    Thomas Jefferson: The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to
    keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny
    in government.

  • Chabre Wreckless Johnson

    So does this mean Citizens united is illegal too???

  • SuperFly2000

    IT must be nice to have a Senator in your back pocket when you need them. Reid is behind the land grab and that makes him a Crook! By definition a Crook is a criminal and that is how I perceive Mr. Reid and Son — Criminal! But if he prefers CROOK so be it! What they have been doing to push this Rancher and perhaps the other ranchers that didn’t fight the land grabbing is so shamefully wrong! Reid has been linked to this and should be held accountable just as anyone else should be too.

  • Bill Johnston

    LIAR! Does that sound better Joe?

  • Grace656

    It would surprise me if he were not a criminal. Really, the man makes me want to vomit.

  • http://yahoo.com/ peter kirk

    his entire family should be made to share one jail cell and only have the Koch bros as visitors!

  • Katielee4211

    Why yes, Harry. Yes you are. Amongst other unsavory things.

  • WitchWay

    Harry Reid is one of the reasons I am working for Term Limits for US Congress.He is corrupt.

  • Brian Turner

    Harry, you have developed your own “definition”. It is what you made it.

  • Ron

    Harry Reid, you don’t even deserve the title “Senator.” You are Obama’s little piss ant stooge.

  • John Thompson

    show me who your friends are and I will tell you what you are!! Reid good bye to you and your ill gotten career talk to Mr Bundy and may be he can help support you you cannot break the law and just walk away… God Bless America and the truth…

  • iowapam

    I looked up criminal in the dictionary and Harry Reid’s picture was there!

  • Me

    He’s a crook.,a criminal, A traitor to his country

  • Mitch Mitchell

    And as usual the american public will do NOTHING!

  • Patriot 953

    Reid will offer to donate the $150,000 to charity and the Senate Ethics Committee will give him a pass.

  • Kevin Sago

    It’s Dingy Harry not Dirty Harry. When referring to Harry as Dirty Harry you are insulting Clint Eastwood. That is disgraceful. Dingy Harry just has that certain ring to it.

  • Steven DePriest

    Harry Reid wrote at least four letters helpful in Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff, and Reid’s staff had frequent contact with the disgraced lobbyist’s team about legislation….Reid collected nearly $68,000 in political donations from Abramoff’s firm, lobbying partners and clients…Abramoff’s firm also hired one of Reid’s top legislative aides as a lobbyist.(Abramoff was under investigation by federal grand juries for his involvement in the multimillion-dollar defrauding of Native American tribes who were his lobbying clients, and related bribery of public officials.)

    The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that the Las Vegas office of ACORN has been engaged in massive fraud. At least 48% of the registrations turned in by ACORN are fraudulent.

    Indeed, it was so obvious that the ACORN Las Vegas office was raided by authorities. They found that 59 inmates from a work-release program at a nearby prison were employed by ACORN and found numerous irregularities. Its field director, Christopher Edwards, pled guilty to two gross misdemeanor counts of conspiracy.

    Despite these findings, when the US Senate voted 83-7 to block ACORN from bidding for additional federal grant money, Reidrefused to hold a hearing on ACORN’s activities. Even after the scandal broke revealing that ACORN was assisting an underage prostitution operation, Reid claimed such an investigation of ACORN by Congress might distract attention from more important issues.

    Since becoming the Senate Minority leader in 2005 and then the Majority leader in 2007, Reid has had operational control of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. While fundraising for the DSCC, Reid took over $220,000 from Soros, the Soros Fund Management, and various Soros family members.

    In 2006, it was reported that Reid paid Christmas bonuses to staff at the luxurious Ritz Carlton where he lived, using campaign funds. Federal Election law prohibits candidates from using campaign funds for such activity.

    The connections between Harry Reid and the Mafia are quite numerous, but much of it is complicated. Ironically, Reid wants to build a $50 million dollar “Mob Museum” in Las Vegas, paid for by the taxpayers. Indeed, Reid inserted this money into the Stimulus Bill. Why does Reid want to glorify a murderous bunch of thugs? Does he have fond memories of the days when the Mob ran Las Vegas?

    Jay Brown is a partner with Reid in a shady land deal that yielded $1.1 million for Reid, a transaction that he failed to report. Brown goes way back with the Mob mostly as one of the Mob’s main attorneys. Brown and his law firm have been counsel for numerous high profile mob cases. As the Washington Post reports:
    “Brown’s name has surfaced in federal investigations involving organized crime, casinos and political bribery since the 1980s.

    Reid was Investigated for Accepting Mob Bribes as Head of the Nevada Gaming Commission
    While Reid was cleared of this charge, lots of questions remain. Federal authorities were unable to prove Reid was being bribed. However, the main evidence for this was a tape recorded conversation involving Kansas City Mobster Joe Agosto. Unknown to Agosto, the FBI was taping him.“I’ve gotta Cleanface in my pocket.”

    Cleanface was the codename Agosto gave Reid. At the time, Reid was chairman of the all powerful Nevada Gaming Commission.

    But there was other evidence that Reid favored the Mob while serving as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. One of his first acts was to approve the sale of the Hacienda Hotel/Casino to an individual named Paul Lowden despite objections by the state’s Gaming Control Board having to do with “hidden associates” of Lowden’s. Lowden later gave $6,000 in campaign contributions to Reid.

  • The Oppo Man

    Why is this a surprise? Harry Reid is a parasite.