Reid campaign paid granddaughter for gifts to supporters
March 25th, 2014
08:17 PM ET
9 years ago

Reid campaign paid granddaughter for gifts to supporters

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s campaign committee said Tuesday it had done nothing improper when it spent nearly $17,000 in campaign funds on hundreds of items from a jewelry company owned by Reid’s granddaughter, Ryan Elisabeth Reid.

Those items - coasters, picture frames and other trinkets with themes from Reid’s hometown of Searchlight, Nevada - were given to staff members and campaign supporters as thank you gifts, according to a Reid aide. Each item is valued at about $50.

“The campaign complied with all FEC rules,” said Chris Anderson of Friends for Harry Reid in a statement.

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Despite believing the expenditures were in compliance with federal campaign laws, Reid said late Tuesday he would reimburse the campaign from his personal funds.

“I thought it would be nice to give supporters and staff thank-you gifts that had a personal connection and a Searchlight connection, but I have decided to reimburse the campaign for the amount of the expenditure,” Reid said in a statement.

The campaign was preparing to send a letter to the Federal Election Commission in response to its inquiry about the expense that the campaign had reported in an FEC filing as “holiday gifts.”

The FEC sent a letter to the campaign last week saying it wanted to make sure the items were in compliance with “acceptable purposes of disbursement” as mandated under FEC rules.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Tony D

    Dirty Harry at work again. Campaign contributors that actually scraped together a small campaign contribution to send to this thief should be totally outraged. But nothing really new here to see. Just another crooked Democrat stealing and wasting other peoples money.

    March 25, 2014 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. morrie

    This is an appropriate use of campaign funds. If you don't like it then tell the republicans to vote for campaign finance reforms.

    March 25, 2014 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. Stuffitu

    The man is a crook, always has been. A liar. All in all a typical democrat liberal "progressive."

    March 25, 2014 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. jesse

    Not a surprise here. Reid is an obstructionist

    March 25, 2014 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. S. B. Stein

    I think that the GOP is going to have field day with this. Even if there were no violations of the law, they are going to hammer Reid with it.

    March 25, 2014 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  6. Smitty

    Harry help the world and retire, you have done enough damage.

    March 25, 2014 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  7. george

    Any time the prince is involved an audit needs to be done. He tried to slide one past but got caught again. Typical democratic end run, too stupid to use someone not related to him.

    March 26, 2014 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  8. Mr. Jeff O'Dette

    That's nothing. Every time one of those worthless politicians gets into trouble, they use campaign money to pay for their lawyers. They hire family members at a quarter million a year. Campaign money pays that also.

    March 26, 2014 07:22 am at 7:22 am |