Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Will reimburse his campaign of more than $ 16,000 for “holiday gifts” purchased from his granddaughter’s store.
WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Plans to reimburse more than $ 16,000 for the purchase of Christmas presents in his granddaughter’s jewelry store.
The Federal Election Commission sent a letter to Reid’s campaign last week asking him to provide more information on the payments listed as “Christmas presents” in his annual financial report for the end of 2013. The submission lists two payments to Ryan Elisabeth totaling $ 16,786.93 in October 2013.
A Reid consultant confirmed that “Ryan Elisabeth” is the name of a company owned by his granddaughter Ryan Elisabeth Reid. The consultant described the gifts in the form of trinkets – coasters, picture frames, jewelry – valued at $ 50 each. The advisor said they had been distributed to a large number of supporters and staff.
According to the Reid campaign, expenses are in line with ECF regulations. State election laws allow campaigns to distribute “face value” gifts. Nevertheless, Reid said in a statement Tuesday that he would personally repay the spending campaign.
“I thought it would be nice to give donors and thank you gifts that have a personal connection and connection to the projector, but I decided to pay back the campaign for the amount of the expenses,” he said. Reid was born in Searchlight, Nevada.
At his press conference on Wednesday, Reid reiterated that his campaign had “followed all the rules”, but suggested that he wanted to avoid any appearance of indecency.
Jon Ralston, a Nevada journalist, first reported the problems.
When revising the campaign disclosure form, the FEC Reids campaign, Friends for Harry Reid, requested editions described as “Christmas presents”. According to the rules of the FEC, the terms describing the expenses must clearly explain the purpose of the expenditure.
According to Paul S. Ryan, senior legal counsel at the campaign’s legal center, the FEC rules prohibit the transformation of campaign resources into personal causes. But he said candidates can buy gifts from family members when bought at market value.
The Republican National Committee criticized the purchases and attacked the majority leader for improperly handling the campaign material.
“It is outrageous that Senator Harry Reid has sent nearly $ 17,000 to his granddaughter for” Christmas presents, “said RNC spokesman Jahan Wilcox, who will learn that Nevadians do not appreciate him. using campaign money as personal bribery funds. “