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Harry Reid Wanted $600K Bribe to Make Federal Investigation Go Away
FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/21/2014 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 04/21/2014 6:59:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Isn’t there some way we can get money out of politics? Let’s ask Harry Reid.

A Utah businessman is rocking both state and national politics after claiming Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped him broker a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a federal investigation into his company quietly disappear, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Jeremy Johnson was allegedly told that the price would be $600,000, and claims to have made an initial payment of $250,000 when he was slapped with a federal lawsuit. Now he says he wants his money back.

The Salt Lake Tribune points out that Johnson has no way of knowing whether the funds actually made it to Reid, even if he did make a massive payment to Reid’s alleged intermediary.

Then, with the FTC investigation continuing, Johnson said Swallow suggested Reid could make problems with regulators go away — for a price.

“I said, ‘OK, what do I need to do?’ He’s like, ‘OK, it costs money,’ ” Johnson said, who claimed Swallow was adamant he make a deal.

“I think he told me, ‘Richard Rawle has a connection with Harry Reid,’ ” Johnson said.

He said Swallow at first wanted $2 million to enlist Reid’s help. But [his company] I Works was no longer profitable and he did not have the money, Johnson said, so they eventually agreed on $300,000 upfront and $300,000 later.

So did the money ever make it into Harry Reid’s grubby little hands? There’s no way to know, but it’s not exactly the first time this has come up.

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.

But again, supposedly Reid knew nothing.

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.”

See, he’s not a crook. He even said so.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: bribe; harryreid; reidcorrupt

1 posted on 04/21/2014 6:59:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Harry Greed is a crook.


2 posted on 04/21/2014 7:00:12 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: SeekAndFind

More cracks in the Damned...


3 posted on 04/21/2014 7:00:46 AM PDT by null and void (...if you are too sure of your place in heaven you might be too arrogant to actually get there.)
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To: null and void

Lead story on tonight’s Nightly News...(yeah, right.)


4 posted on 04/21/2014 7:01:45 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Disgusting worm.


5 posted on 04/21/2014 7:04:21 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: null and void

Nothing on this earth could make me happier than seeing that smug, arrogant Harry Reid in an orange suit, waste chains, cuffs and ankle bracelet walking across a police department parking lot.

Well, Obama and Holder and Lerner, Biden and Pelosi falling him........would make me even happier!!!


6 posted on 04/21/2014 7:09:15 AM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well this is good news because maybe this will be an in to get this dirtbag out of office. It’s obvious as hell he is corrupt, we just need the evidence like him on videotape. Oh man, what I wouldn’t give to see Harry Greed do the perp walk.


7 posted on 04/21/2014 7:09:58 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Cen-Tejas

Patience, my FRiend, patience...


8 posted on 04/21/2014 7:10:10 AM PDT by null and void (...if you are too sure of your place in heaven you might be too arrogant to actually get there.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sources at his linked article: Indicted Businessman Names Harry Reid as Alleged Recipient of Massive Bribe
9 posted on 04/21/2014 7:10:52 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

It’s going to be wall to wall Boston Marathon.


10 posted on 04/21/2014 7:11:46 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

I don’t think he will go gracefully. He’ll try to take down as many of his colleagues with him as possible.


11 posted on 04/21/2014 7:11:48 AM PDT by null and void (...if you are too sure of your place in heaven you might be too arrogant to actually get there.)
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To: luvbach1

“Harry Greed is a crook”

Possibly the understatement of the year.


12 posted on 04/21/2014 7:12:12 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: Cen-Tejas

The door was pretty much closed on politicians paying for criminal activity after the Sandy Berger deal.


13 posted on 04/21/2014 7:12:15 AM PDT by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: luvbach1
No! Actually, Harry gReed is an arrogant crook!
14 posted on 04/21/2014 7:13:07 AM PDT by RAY (God Bless the USA!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“unexpected?”


15 posted on 04/21/2014 7:13:35 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: SeekAndFind

That this goon is allowed to remain is a detriment to every other criminal in the Senate.


16 posted on 04/21/2014 7:14:33 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: SeekAndFind

More than 2/3 of our Congresscritters are cutting a slimy deal such as this EVERY DAY.

Why to you think there is so much compulsion to get inside the Beltway?

The only odd thing about this case is that we found out about it.


17 posted on 04/21/2014 7:15:01 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Cen-Tejas

Difference between conservatives wanting to see people punished and liberals wanting to see people punished.

Conservatives want people punished for corruption in office.
Liberals want people punished for opposing liberal policy.


18 posted on 04/21/2014 7:16:51 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: luvbach1

Now he says he wants his money back.

Harry Greed does not give refunds!


19 posted on 04/21/2014 7:19:45 AM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Charlie Daniels: Harry Reid should be in jail for 'impersonating an American'
20 posted on 04/21/2014 7:20:36 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Imagine if Reid were a Republican...the press would have had judged him guilty and be hounding him to resign. However as a Democrats all you hear are the crickets.


21 posted on 04/21/2014 7:30:21 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: logic101.net

I think a contract to perform an illegal act is unenforceable.

So you can’t say “I bribed this politician and he didn’t do what he said he would”.


22 posted on 04/21/2014 7:32:28 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

Cooked as the day is long. I support Mark Levin’s Article V and the proposed amendment to return the election of Senators to the way the founders established it AND with the ability of the State Legislatures to recall a Senator who gets Potomac fever the day after arriving there.


23 posted on 04/21/2014 7:37:44 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t everyone already know that Dingy Harry is crooked as a desert viper? The voters of NV obviously have no sense whatsoever.


24 posted on 04/21/2014 7:40:11 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind

I always knew that senator in “Godfather II” was Harry Reid!


25 posted on 04/21/2014 7:40:27 AM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: Cheerio

I would push a law in my state legislature that required an automatic recall vote if our senators ever uttered the phrase “my esteemed colleague across the aisle”.


26 posted on 04/21/2014 7:40:39 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Polyxene
I always knew that senator in “Godfather II” was Harry Reid!

Patrick 'Pat' Geary was a United States Senator from Nevada who was manipulated and blackmailed by the Corleone family.

27 posted on 04/21/2014 7:50:47 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Fascists are immune!


28 posted on 04/21/2014 7:58:29 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: MrB
I would push a law in my state legislature that required an automatic recall vote if our senators ever uttered the phrase “my esteemed colleague across the aisle”.


29 posted on 04/21/2014 8:06:25 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: SeekAndFind

common practice I bet


30 posted on 04/21/2014 8:08:57 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: null and void

i hope he takes as many as he can with him


31 posted on 04/21/2014 8:10:17 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Is the modern day equivalent of the KKK the Bureau of Feudal Land Management, (BFLM) ?

If so, then Feudal Lord Reid would then be “The Grand Dragon of the BFLM.”

Feudal Lord Reid’s Rustlers are hired guns, who are furious but not fast, which also applies to their multimillionaire Leader: Feudal Lord Reid.

With the past Democrat-based KKK and now the present Democrat-controlled BFLM, ethics be damned, as abject fear is the main goal of both of these Medieval Outlaw Gangs, past and present.

“Ethics” will be justified later by Liberals who will write the ‘revised” PC History of these times, past and present; of powerful men with outlaw hatred toward free people in America, Black or White, poor or rich.

The Jackboot Heel of Democat Tyranny is now upon us, again !

FORWARD!


32 posted on 04/21/2014 8:16:02 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dirty Harry...........


33 posted on 04/21/2014 8:21:45 AM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

Does anyone think that this will have any legs?


34 posted on 04/21/2014 8:22:20 AM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorsed McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who was the last Senator that went to prison?.


35 posted on 04/21/2014 8:43:48 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: txrefugee
Didn’t everyone already know that Dingy Harry is crooked as a desert viper? The voters of Las Vegas obviously have no sense whatsoever.

Fixed it!

36 posted on 04/21/2014 9:01:28 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Vaduz

“Who was the last Senator that went to prison?.”

Was it the “torch” Robert Torricelli?


37 posted on 04/21/2014 9:01:53 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: SeekAndFind
I fielded a lawyer's corrupt suggestion, very similar to this when we had an unusual patent challenge. That was during WJBC's administration. A mere $50K could make the challenge go away. I didn't pay it. It took time, but the patent held up against the challenge anyway, eventually.

HF

38 posted on 04/21/2014 9:07:04 AM PDT by holden
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Don’t think any democrat went they are above the law in all matters.


39 posted on 04/21/2014 9:11:39 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: All

Isn’t there some way we can get money out of politics?


Reid has gotten lots of money out of politics.


40 posted on 04/21/2014 10:15:26 AM PDT by pluvmantelo (Sure would be nice if the same articles weren't posted multiple times)
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To: Vaduz

RE: Who was the last Senator that went to prison?.

This is one I can remember.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_A._Williams

Harrison Arlington “Pete” Williams, Jr. (December 10, 1919 – November 17, 2001) was a Democrat who represented New Jersey in both the United States House of Representatives (1953–1957) and the United States Senate (1959–1982). Williams was convicted on May 1, 1981 for taking bribes in the Abscam sting operation, and resigned from the U.S. Senate in 1982 before a planned expulsion vote.

Sentenced to three years, he served two years in Federal prison as Inmate #06089-050, the first time in over 80 years that a senator had spent time in prison. Released on January 31, 1986, he served the remainder of his sentence at the Integrity House halfway house, where he later became a member of the board of directors until his death on November 17, 2001. He also attempted to receive a presidential pardon from President Bill Clinton, but his request was denied.


41 posted on 04/21/2014 11:26:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Pinky Reid has earned a long stretch in the Gray Bar Hotel.


42 posted on 04/21/2014 11:46:40 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Dingy Harry is a mobster. Crooked as any and should be in jail.


43 posted on 04/21/2014 11:49:18 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Extortion. Read the book “Extortion”.


44 posted on 04/21/2014 6:02:23 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks for data I didn’t think any democrat ever did time bet he’s the last one to do so.


45 posted on 04/22/2014 8:39:58 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: SeekAndFind

Extortion. Read the book “Extortion” by Peter Schweizer. It’s an eyeopener and will explain how these scum get away with it.


46 posted on 04/22/2014 11:49:02 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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