So the thousands of dollars @SenatorReid reported as “holiday gifts” to FEC were paid to his granddaughter in CA. FEC has sent a letter. 1/2
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) March 25, 2014
The Federal Election Commission has asked Sen. Harry Reid’s campaign for more information on more than $16,000 in “holiday gifts” given by the senator to donors and supporters in 2013. The law requires that itemized disbursements include a brief statement or description of why each disbursement was made.
The Federal Election Committee has sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s campaign, asking for more information on why he listed an expenditure of more than $11,000 $16,000 in “holiday gifts.”
The gifts, I have learned, were purchased from his granddaughter, Ryan Elisabeth Reid, who is a jewelry vendor in Berkeley, CA. The gifts were later passed on to donors and supporters, a Reid spokeswoman told me.
Reid has previously been asked to explain holiday gifts to his Ritz Carlton doorman by the FEC. But in the letter from the FEC sent last week, the agency wants to know what payments of $11,370 and $5,416 (UPDATED) were. “Itemized disbursements must include a brief statement or description of why each disbursement was made,” the letter said.Reid’s granddaughter is listed only as “Ryan Elisabeth” on the FEC report, which is attached here (see page 166). But her full name is Ryan Elisabeth Reid.
To quote a famous liberal: “What difference does it make?”
Obama’s investigators could find direct evidence of campaign cash going directly to anyone of Harry Reid’s choosing and would find “no evidence” of impropriety.
Whoops! Nothing to see here
Update, 2:30PM: Reid will reimburse campaign: “I thought it would be nice to give supporters and staff thank-you gifts that had a personal connection and a Searchlight connection, but I have decided to reimburse the campaign for the amount of the expenditure.”
That was fast. Nevermind.