Looks like Harry Reid might be in a bit of trouble.
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid collected a $1.1 million windfall on a Las Vegas land sale even though he hadn’t personally owned the property for three years, property deeds show.
In the process, Reid did not disclose to Congress an earlier sale in which he transferred his land to a company created by a friend and took a financial stake in that company, according to records and interviews.
Nice. I wonder how I can get in on a deal like that? Oh wait, I’m not a U.S. Senator, darn.
The Nevada Democrat’s deal was engineered by Jay Brown, a longtime friend and former casino lawyer whose name surfaced in a major political bribery trial this summer and in other prior organized crime investigations. He’s never been charged with wrongdoing _ except for a 1981 federal securities complaint that was settled out of court.
Yeah, I know, I know Jack Abramoff, Jack Abramoff, Jack Abramoff, and BushCheneyHalliburton!
In 2001, Reid sold the land for the same price to a limited liability corporation created by Brown. The senator didn’t disclose the sale on his annual public ethics report or tell Congress he had any stake in Brown’s company. He continued to report to Congress that he personally owned the land.
I wonder if the Jedi Mind Trick will work in this case. This cartoon from Cox and Forkum seems some what appropriate.