Legal nepotism. This is another perfect story to fit in with my Symptom of the Disease series. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wanted to thank supporters during the holidays by using campaign funds to buy them gifts. Does he go off to Kohls to buy a few inexpensive fleece blankets? Nope, he asked his artist granddaughter – in both 2012 and 2013 – to produce the gifts totaling $31,000.
In one year, Reid handed more cash to his granddaughter than 47 percent of Americans make in a year. (Don’t like that I dropped that somewhat out-of-the-blue fact in there? Tough it, Democrats and statists do it all the time.) The story is covered over at Ralston Reports, and by Jonathan Strong at Big Government.
In short, Reid’s campaign paid an artist at least $31,000 in three or four payments for gifts to supporters. The artists name on the Federal Election Commission reports is listed as Ryan Elisabeth in California, but the company name is Looka Jewelry and the sole proprietor is Ryan Elizabeth Reid, or Elizabeth Ryan Reid, or Liz Ryan … whatever you prefer. She’s Harry Reid’s grandaughter.
Now let’s be clear. Everything seems to be completely legal here, but the problem for Reid is perception. So much so, Reid immediately wrote a personal check to the campaign to cover the payments to his granddaughter after the story broke. In other words, the story is now a non-story and Reid has no idea why I would bother writing about it.
I’m certain Republicans do this too, and that’s why you need to join with me to take away powers from the federal government that have been extorted from the people and the states. The powers at the federal level are specifically limited to what’s listed in the Constitution, and the 10th Amendment confirms. Will this solve all of the issues? No, it will not. But efforts to regulate or re-draft federal election laws are worthless endeavors due to the nature of the beast we have created.
If Reid, other members of Congress, and those in the Executive Branch did not have the power they currently have, campaign contributions at the federal level would start to dry up as the resources would be directed elsewhere. A lot of this stupid nonsense would stop.
In the meantime, I’m looking for friends or relatives who are currently in federal office or planning to run for federal office. I want to run your campaign’s website, and since campaigning is a non-stop endeavor, I’ll create, implement manage and host your campaign’s website for
$25,000 $50,000 $75,000 $100,000 per year. Ask around, it’s a great deal…
Added video of Reid brushing off the questions…