Dirty Harry 'Violates Senate Rules'

Harry Reid, the Senate Minority leader who coined the phrase "culture of corruption" has been caught by the Associated Press making unethical transactions with some of his mafia connected friends in an effort to acquire $1.1 million in a shady property deal.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid collected a $1.1 million windfall on a Las Vegas land sale even though he hadn't personally owned the property for three years... The Nevada Democrat's deal was engineered by Jay Brown, a longtime friend and former casino lawyer whose name surfaced in a major political bribery trial this summer and in other prior organized crime investigations…

The senator didn't disclose the sale on his annual public ethics report or tell Congress he had any stake in Brown's company. He continued to report to Congress that he personally owned the land… The complex dealings allowed Reid to transfer ownership, legal liability and some tax consequences to Brown's company without public knowledge, but still collect a seven-figure payoff nearly three years later… Kent Cooper, of the Federal Election Commission, said Reid's failure to report the 2001 sale and his ties to Brown's company violated Senate rules.

I vaguely remember Harry Reid saying something In January amid the Culture of Corruption charges he and his fellow Democrats leveled against Republicans. What was it that he said? Oh, Yeah: “The idea of Republicans reforming themselves is like asking John Gotti to clean up organized crime… Democrats will lead the tough reforms, because we owe it to the American people to stand up for their interests over special interests. -- Good ole Harry. Leading the American people by example.