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August 23, 2006
When Harry Met Harvey

The New York Post runs a column from yours truly in today's edition, an adaptation of an earlier post that reviewed the relationship between Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Nevada developer Harvey Whittemore. Harry and Harvey combined their efforts to create a new commercial and residential development outside of Las Vegas that will enrich Harvey, has put tens of thousands of dollars of contributions into Harry's coffers, and resulted in gainful employment of one Reid son as a lawyer and a lobbyist -- including lobbying his father:

The leader of the Senate Democratic caucus, Nevada's Sen. Harry Reid, took contributions from clients of convicted influence-peddler Jack Abramoff and intervened on their behalf at least four times. Abramoff, for his part, hired one of Reid's staffers and started holding fundraisers for the senator in the Abramoff offices.

Now The Los Angeles Times reports on the "culture of corruption" surrounding Reid and a new real-estate development outside of Las Vegas, in the desolate valley of Coyote Springs. Reid has intervened on behalf of powerful developer Harvey Whittemore to gain government concessions, while the developer puts money into Reid's campaigns - and, the Times reports, pays salaries to two of Reid's sons, one of whom is his personal lawyer.

If you missed this post earlier, be sure to read the column today. Hopefully this will remind people that unchecked power leads to corruption, not one's party affiliation.

UPDATE: Well, crud. Forgot to include the link the first time around.

UPDATE II: And I would be remiss if I didn't point out that Hang Right tipped me to the story in the beginning.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 23, 2006 5:37 PM

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