Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) fumed at reporters Wednesday after he was asked about the FEC probe on his campaign donations to family members. The FEC discovered that Harry gifted his granddaughter with $17,000 in 2013.
Harry Reid reimbursed his campaign the $17,000 “holiday gift” he paid to his granddaughter in late 2013.
The Las Vegas Sun reported:
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 reportfor two separate disbursements to Ryan Elisabeth of Berkley, Calif., on Oct. 23 — one for $5,416.93, the other for $11,370.00.
“Ryan Elisabeth” is actually Ryan Elisabeth Reid, the majority leader’s granddaughter, a spokeswoman for Reid confirmed Tuesday.
But there’s more…
According to the Ralston Reports - On Dec. 4, 2012, nearly a year before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gave his granddaughter the nearly $17,000 for “holiday gifts,” his campaign gave Ryan Elisabeth Reid $9,000 for “gifts for supporters.”
More… In 2012 Reid helped out a Chinese solar firm that was represented by his son.
In December 2010 top democrats, including Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), helped a Chinese firm get stimulus cash for a wind farm. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his campaign received thousands of dollars in donations from the wind farm’s backers.
In 2012 Senate Majority leader Harry Reid personally pressured DHS on behalf of sons casino project.
UPDATE: “On Wednesday, Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston discovered that Reid’s campaign had paid out an additional $14,000 to Ryan Elisabeth Reid’s jewelry company for “holiday gifts” for staff and campaign donors.” (Adam O’Neal, “Reid to Reimburse Campaign $31,000 Paid to Kin for Gifts,” Real Clear Politics, 3/27/14)