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Posted on 09/29/2005 12:34:58 PM PDT by hipaatwo
Senator arranged for grant now involved in indictment of pastors
By TONY BATT >STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON -- The money that led to the indictment this week of two Las Vegas pastors and the wife of one of them came from federal grants arranged by Sen. Harry Reid in September 2001, a Reid spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Moving to distance Reid from a possible scandal, aide Tessa Hafen said the senator sought the money on behalf of a nonprofit social services agency and not for the churches or persons who have been accused of mishandling the money.
"The money was administered by the Department of Justice, and it went to the agency in Nevada (Alliance Collegiums Association of Nevada)," Hafen said.
The Rev. Willie Davis, the longtime pastor of Second Baptist Church, and his wife, Emma, were indicted Tuesday on fraud charges with an associate minister, the Rev. McTheron Jones.
They are accused of spending $330,000 from federal grants on themselves although the money was intended for halfway houses for prison inmates in Southern Nevada.
The indictment identifies Willie Davis as president of the Alliance Collegiums Association of Nevada board of directors.
In late 2002, Emma Davis became executive director, and Jones was assistant director.
According to the indictment, a grant of $423,000 was approved for the alliance in September 2002.
The indictment charges the defendants of using the grant money to benefit themselves.
A Reid relationship with the Second Baptist Church surfaced in 1997, when the senator donated $250 to the church where Davis was and still is pastor.
The money came from John Huang, who was convicted of making illegal contributions to the 1996 re-election campaign of President Clinton.
At about the same time, Reid donated another $250 from Huang to the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Las Vegas.
Reid said he made the contributions to the churches instead of returning the money to Huang because he did not think Huang deserved it.
Hafen said Reid has not made contributions to Davis or his church since 1997.
Reid has attended services at the Second Baptist Church "about three or four times" since 1997, Hafen said.
"He says hello to the pastor (Davis) when he goes to the church, but apart from that, the only other time he has seen him was in May when he met with about 30 or 40 ministers to organize a faith-based summit," Hafen said.
Point a finger, get three fingers pointed right back at you.
Good for you! :-)
(not) holding my breath until Reid steps down from his leadership position.
Yeah go figure.
Wildfires on the news are Northwest side of the Los Angeles Metro Area....guessing 60 miles away at least.
Did I hear correctly today when someone said that the RATs don't have the same rule? Their leader doesn't have to step down if indicted?
If yes, then why were they screaming about the Republicans changing the rules to match their own?
a mormon vs. the baptists........
Federal Election Commission documents show he returned the $500 contribution to Huang on April 5 and the $450 donation on April 16. Huang's residence was listed as Glendale, Calif.
After Huang came under intense media scrutiny late last year, Sen. Richard Bryan, D-Nev., returned $12,250 from two fund-raisers Huang conducted for him in 1988 and 1994.
So, Huang was handing out money to the dems before Clinton became president. Interesting........
I don't expect to see, READ OR HEAR a word about this in the MSM.
Oh please; this will go nowhere. Reid has been innoculated with the dem vaccine.
Who needs the MSM? The Old Media is dead. Long live the New Media.
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