"Americans have been shocked and even disgusted by revelations of corruption in our current system by Republican lobbyists, senior Bush Administration officials, members of Congress, and former congressional staff," Reid said in March. "The scandals have shown that some outsiders and insiders believed they could act with impunity."
It turns out Sen. Reid thinks he can engage in insider land deals without impunity as well. We now know that Reid purchased some Las Vegas land for $400,000 and turned around and sold it to a company he and one of his wealthy buddies owned. The buddy used his insider influence to get the land rezoned for a shopping center, the land was then sold, and Reid cleared a $700,000 profit on a $1.1 million sale within a few short years of his original purchase. Reid didn't bother to report the transaction on his financial disclosure statement until an AP reporter started asking questions about the sweetheart deal. He hung up on the AP reporter, but he made a mad dash to make a "technical amendment" to his original disclosure statement to make it all appear like an innocent mistake. Oh, and did I mention Reid's business partner's name has surfaced in a number of federal investigations involving organized crime?
Democratic bloggers are acting in accordance with their typical hypocrisy, notably John Arovosis of AmericaBlog. Reacting to the AP story, Arovosis writes:
Knowing that there is a very good chance that Harry Reid will be the Senate Majority Leader in a matter of weeks, the GOP and their friends in the media have launched a massive smear campaign against him. They're finding alleged issues that no one can understand to besmirch the Senator from Nevada.
Sorry John, but this insider deal isn't a hard one for me to understand. And I doubt it's one that most Americans would find hard to understand as well. Arovosis thinks Reid's amendment to his financial disclosure form is nothing more than a "pre-emptive action to disarm his opponents by going above and beyond ethical requirements." Give me a break. Arovosis has been screaming louder and harder than anyone else about the Abramoff and Foley scandals. Of course, he doesn't like talking about the fact that Reid helped out Abramoff's Indian tribe clients with their casino interests and collected about $68,000 in campaign contributions from him.