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Minority Leader Reid Accepted Free Boxing Tickets

Updated

So much for avoiding even the look of impropriety.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) accepted free ringside tickets from the Nevada Athletic Commission to three professional boxing matches while that state agency was trying to influence him on federal regulation of boxing.


Reid took the free seats for Las Vegas fights between 2003 and 2005 as he was pressing legislation to increase government oversight of the sport, including the creation of a federal boxing commission that Nevada's agency feared might usurp its authority.

He defended the gifts, saying that they would never influence his position on the bill and he was simply trying to learn how his legislation might affect an important home state industry. "Anyone from Nevada would say I'm glad he is there taking care of the state's number one businesses," he said. "I love the fights anyways, so it wasn't like being punished," added the senator, a former boxer and boxing judge.

He was doing research on how his legislation would affect the boxing industry in Vegas. Right. I believe that one. No problem.

Update:Jeff Goldstein is having fun with this story.


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Comments (34)

Apparently John McCain also... (Below threshold)

Apparently John McCain also partook in the free tickets - sitting next to Reid at one of the boxing matches.

They should have stayed away from Bob Uecker's advice - don't sit in the front row!

lawhawk,Actually, ... (Below threshold)
yetanotherjohn:

lawhawk,

Actually, McCain paid $1400 for his tickets. That first puts a price on the Reid buy and second lets McCain score a point for actually doing what he says about corruption. On the other hand, I suspect that if they didn't have their current jobs they would have had a tough time getting the tickets at any price.

Now it does happen that taking a gift like this ($1400 is a substantial gift) from someone who has active legislation pending (there was legislation about replacing the state boxing commissions with a federal boxing commission) is against the senate ethics rules.

We can now wait for Hastert to jump into the ring to defend Reid's senatorial privilege to be bribed.

Reid is one of those people... (Below threshold)
Charles Bannerman:

Reid is one of those people who if their lips are moving they are lying and if you can't see their hands they are in your pocket.
What a hypocritical piece of trash he is.
Chuck

Harry Reid as Montgomery Bu... (Below threshold)

Harry Reid as Montgomery Burns: "Living in Congress has given my skin a healthy green glow and left me as impotent as a Nevada boxing commissioner."

funny because harry reid vo... (Below threshold)
billy:

funny because harry reid voted against the boxing interest that was supposedly bribing him with free tickets.

not like the republican flip flops who changed their vote after they got bribed.

i guess your "the democrats are almost as corrupt as the republicans" meme falls flat again.

So, Billy, your point is th... (Below threshold)

So, Billy, your point is that Democrats are as unfaithful to boxing promoters that give them a lot of money as they are to unions who give them a lot of money, whose interests they continually vote against?

Oh wow, I was waiting for t... (Below threshold)
OhDear:

Oh wow, I was waiting for this one. Harry reid voted AGAINST the interests of the NAC after they gave him free tickets. ( It's completely with in the ethics guidelines by the way to accecpt this sort of gift.) So that sounds like he was bribed right? If only more senators were so corrupt. This reminds me of the time he voted AGAINST the interests of the companies operating sweat shops in the Mariannas Isands that Abramoff was lobbying for. Or that time he was offered a bribe by an amusment ride company. He got in touch with the FBI, they set up asting and he wore a wire. However, when they offered him a bribe he lost his temper and started trying to straggle the briber at which point federal agents had to intervene. That's how easy it is to bribe Harry Reid. No impropropriety there I'm afriad. Good try though Kim, as long as no one looks into it, it sounds REALLY bad.

"But Hillary, honey, I was ... (Below threshold)
MunDane:

"But Hillary, honey, I was just researching how effective oral sex is at preventing pregnancy..."


The record of voting is not a defense in this case. If he got a gift from an area over which he has influence, it is a bribe. The fact that he took such gifts over a two year period is not "research". The fact that he voted against one Abramhoof client doesn't excuse the two (maybe three, can't remember) clients cited in the article alone that he voted for, does it?

I don't want my representat... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf:

I don't want my representatives to get anything free. How can Harry Reid represent the best interests of the people of Nevada if he takes gifts from special interests?

So the high and mighty Lord... (Below threshold)
virgo:

So the high and mighty Lord Harry gets exposed for the influence peddling simpleminded money grubbing freegiftloader He is eh!

I didnt know cadavers had such an interest in sports?

Thanks for the reality chec... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Thanks for the reality check "OhDear" - that doesn't put a totally different light on things.

I guess if reid is still vo... (Below threshold)
moseby:

I guess if reid is still voting againts these groups that are bribing him they need to raise the ante. Heck, he's got gas guzzling jets, and limo motorcades to feed!! Not to mention his silicone stuffed whoo-ers.

"The record of voting is no... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"The record of voting is not a defense in this case."

Yes, but it let's you know how effective bribes are against him. Nevertheless, I'm dissapointed if it's true. (No one should ever trust anything read here - especially from Kim)

Simple rule - nothing is fr... (Below threshold)
Big D:

Simple rule - nothing is free. Not boxing tickets, not dinners, not trips to Ireland. Any member of congress that accepts anything for "free" from an outside party is being corrupted. The rest is just excuses.

I got an idea - why not just pay each and every congressional member $2 million per year with the stipulation that acceptance of any income or gift from anybody at anytime while they are in office constitutes bribery with an automatic jail sentence? It would solve a lot of these ethical issues.

Nevertheless, I'm dissap... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

Nevertheless, I'm dissapointed if it's true. (No one should ever trust anything read here - especially from Kim)

Yeah, you can't believe anything you read in that right-wing rag, The Washington Post where this article came from.

Yeah right! Kims much more ... (Below threshold)
virgo..:

Yeah right! Kims much more untrustworthy than Harry Reid any old day jp2..doofus

You're right - you can't be... (Below threshold)
jp2:

You're right - you can't believe the Post in a lot of it's stories. You can and should say that about any news source. Specifically the editorial board, which tried to pimp the WMDs. Also, "Jimmy's World" and the Clinton leaks.

But much better than Kim, who claimed that an Iraqi document dump proved lots of things (untrue) and that Iran makes Jews wear badges. (Also untrue) As far as I know, Kim didn't even admit her mistakes. The Post has the deceny to do so.

"(No one should ever trust ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"(No one should ever trust anything read here ..", so said jp2.

And posted it HERE.

Heh. We should keep that in mind when reading jp2's numerous comments 'here'.

I like the idea I read rece... (Below threshold)
Lee:

I like the idea I read recently (here or elsewhere) where we require Washington politicians to wear the badges and logos of the companies who bribe them - the same way that NASCAR drivers wear the logos of their sponsors.

Example

Les: I would hope you would... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Les: I would hope you would do your own independent research and use your own independent brain on everything you read. Certainly, we all make mistakes on things we write; I am no exception to that rule. Feel free to correct any mistakes I make. (In an earlier post, I put "it's" instead of "its". See!)

That being said, Wizbang makes it an art, and are always stooping to the right. Using racial slurs and hate speech to prove their ideological point makes them a semi-minor-league blog, but it doesn't make them good journalists or writers.

Where are Your examples of ... (Below threshold)
virgo..:

Where are Your examples of "racial slurs " or "hate speech" I have not seen these??

You didn't read when Jay - ... (Below threshold)
jp2:

You didn't read when Jay - Tea called Ted Kennedy a "wetback?" Check the archives. It was hilarious!

It was such a big target th... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

It was such a big target that I couldn't resist a little snark.

Admittedly, I didn't add much to the conversation. But I really do appreciate and respect Wizbang. They dish out free ice cream for all to enjoy or not enjoy. I notice the 'regulars' keep coming back for more, so they must be doing something right.

jp2, you keep bringing up t... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

jp2, you keep bringing up the Ted Kennedy/wetback thing. (For those curious, it's http://wizbangblog.com/2006/04/10/does-chivas-make-a-tequila.php ).

I regret it, I apologized for it, but consciously decided to NOT delete it -- partly because I knew assholes like you would accuse me of trying to "hide" it.

In over 2 years and almost 2,000 piece I've written here, it speaks volumes that you can only keep harping over and over about that one thing I said, and nothing else.

So keep bringing it up, jp2. If that's the worst you can say about me, I must be doing just fine.

J.

Jay - the link you posted a... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Jay - the link you posted above isn't working - says page not found.

Just go to Archives 4/10/06... (Below threshold)
virgo..:

Just go to Archives 4/10/06 and view. its hilarious and in all honesty quite factual as TKs back was wet when He stumbled home on that stormy night..er wait it was not storming,oh well anyway it is funny.

Jay: "but consciously decid... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Jay: "but consciously decided to NOT delete it"

Lee : "Jay - the link you posted above isn't working - says page not found."

lol

"In over 2 years and almost 2,000 piece (sic) I've written here, it speaks volumes that you can only keep harping over and over about that one thing I said, and nothing else."

Actually, I've brought up several horrible things and horribly wrong things you've written, not just this one. And what's even funnier is that I've only been reading for maybe 3 months (certainly not two years), and the hits just keep coming. (For instance, you said that Democrats were "jizzing" with excitement, and that freedom spreading in Iraq has been like a dam breaking open...) So, you have a long way to go. And making hateful racist comments - well, it doesn't get much worse does it?

jp2, care to cite your sour... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

jp2, care to cite your source about the "jizzing?" I just did a couple searches of Wizbang, and can't find it anywhere outside your repeated comments.

The dam reference, I think, comes from last November, somewhat longer than your "three months" reference. I re-read it, and I still stand by it:

People often talk about democracy as a "tree" or some other form of plant, and I'm going to run with that metaphor for a bit. Tyranny can be seen as a great dam, holding back freedom and staunching liberty. But no dam is perfect, and they all have their tiny cracks. These are not enough to substantially weaken the dam, but they are there.

In this metaphor, democracy is a seed of a tree. The seed falls into one of these cracks, and starts growing. Eventually, it will outgrow the confines of the crack, and widen it. Eventually, the crack will become a crevice, and then -- if all goes well -- will eventually lead to the crumbling of the dam, and the release of the liberty.

(The metaphor falls apart here, as the tree often doesn't survive the death of the dam, but no metaphor is perfect.)

Yeah, I think I'll stand by that one.

OK, I've spent enough time going along with your hijacking of Kim's thread. My apologies, Kim.

J.

Funny, JT's link worked for... (Below threshold)

Funny, JT's link worked for me.

Funny, there are posts from jp2 going back to Feb 2005 in the archives.

You must have appropriated someone's name.

To get back on topic:

C'mon now folks, Nevada, "Elected" Official and ethics, one should recognize these are not miscible terms. And this is the follow the Dems want as a figurehead?

Follow, fellow, whatever...... (Below threshold)

Follow, fellow, whatever...

Jay Tea - you have my apolo... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Jay Tea - you have my apology. You didn't look very hard, but it was Kevin who made the jizz comment.

http://wizbangblog.com/2006/01/17/what-ever-happened-to-the-lefts-favorite-loser-paul-hackett.php

I kind of lumped you and and the rest of the writers together when I first started reading here. It all still sounds the same to me, but mea culpa.

Still waiting for that "release of liberty"...

For instance, you said t... (Below threshold)
Proud kaffir:

For instance, you said that Democrats were "jizzing" with excitement, and that freedom spreading in Iraq has been like a dam breaking open...) So, you have a long way to go. And making hateful racist comments - well, it doesn't get much worse does it?

I fail to see how use of the word "jizzing" is a hateful, rascist comment, or how the dam-breaking analogy is also hateful. If you are offended by the sexual slang than I strongly suggest you avoid any of the liberal sites. You will have a heart attack.

jp2, apology accepted. ... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

jp2, apology accepted.

As far as the dam bit, allow me to re-quote myself again, and this time with emphasis added to bring out what you've missed the first two times I've said it:

"Eventually, the crack will become a crevice, and then -- if all goes well -- will eventually lead to the crumbling of the dam, and the release of the liberty."

Everything has not gone well in Iraq. I still hope that things will work out. More importantly, I still believe that, overall, enough things are going right that it will eventually turn out fine for Iraq.

But there are few sure things in life. Two things that I believe are sure things, though:

1) The consequences of not removing Saddam would have been far worse than those we face today.

2) Pulling out now, or any time soon, would be a betrayal of those Iraqis who have put their faith in us and their future, and guarantee that the fragile freedom in Iraq would fail.

J.

Uh me thinks anything JP-O ... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Uh me thinks anything JP-O says is a mistake. Now I could be wrong because he trys awful to make you think he is not just a nerd but a in the know blogger of the "highest" caliber.




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