Skip to content

Reid to reimburse campaign after questions about gift purchases

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/26/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Bought by his granddaughter, Senate Majority leader will reimburse campaign for $16,000

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he will reimburse his campaign more than $16,000. Questions had been posed about holiday gifts purchased from a company owned by his granddaughter.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he will reimburse his campaign more than $16,000. Questions had been posed about holiday gifts purchased from a company owned by his granddaughter.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he will reimburse his campaign more than $16,000. Questions had been posed about holiday gifts purchased from a company owned by his granddaughter.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
3/26/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Harry reid, gifts, reimbursements


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "I thought it would be nice to give supporters and staff thank-you gifts that had a personal connection and a Searchlight (Nev.) connection, but I have decided to reimburse the campaign for the amount of the expenditure," Reid said in a statement. He also said that he will refund the money, after the Federal Election Commission questioned him about the expense earlier this week.

The issue first gained attention brought to light when the FEC sent Reid's campaign a letter saying its description of the purchase - "holiday gifts" - doesn't meet the commission's criteria.

No child need ever go to bed hungry -- go here!

Federal rules allow candidates to buy things from family members, provided they pay fair market value for the items. However in the case of the gifts, that value also matters. FEC rules state that such gifts must be of "nominal value."

The total amount that Reid's campaign spent on the gifts from his granddaughter's jewelry company, Ryan Elisabeth was $16,786. Reid's granddaughter is Ryan Elisabeth Reid.

Reid's campaign was asked by the Washington Times precisely what kind of gifts the money was used to purchase. The campaign has yet to respond to multiple inquiries.

Paul Ryan, an election lawyer at the Campaign Legal Center, said "you'd need to buy a heck of a lot of gifts of 'nominal' value to spend $16,000.

"I'd consider anything over $25 or $30 to be pushing the limits of 'nominal value,'" Ryan said.

Lawyers place that threshold higher as much as $50, but noted that some campaigns will buy lots of ornaments or other trinkets for supporters.

An anonymous source said that the gifts were "coasters, picture frames and other trinkets" valued around $50 each.

It's not the first time Reid's gifts have been at issue. The conservative group Citizens United in 2006 filed a complaint over thousands of dollars Reid had paid in holiday bonuses to employees of the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, where Reid lives.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2017
Young People.
That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.


Comments


More Politics & Policy

It feels great to win! Here's the list of things President Trump has accomplished in his first 100 days Watch

Image of President Trump has accomplished a lot in his first hundred days.

Donald Trump has reached the 100-day mark with an incredible list of accomplishments. Here's what he's done since he took office. While the ... continue reading


Has the Trump administration betrayed the Little Sisters of the Poor? Watch

Image of The Little Sisters of the Poor have fought against Obamacare's contraception edict.

In a shocking announcement, the Trump administration has suggested it will continue to uphold an onerous Obama era requirement that ... continue reading


'We will not stand for this. Watch!' - Trump imposes immediate 20 percent tariff on Canada Watch

Image of Canada is now subject to tariffs on all softwood lumber imports into the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump has imposed tariffs up to 24 percent on Canadian lumber shipped into the United States. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Hypocrite millennial terrorists who live with their parents want guns because conservative working Americans don't want to give them free stuff Watch

Image of Conservative Trump supporters struggle with communist millennials who are literally trying to spread trash and filth in the street. This figuratively illustrates what is going on in our country.

Following the election of Barack Obama, a move that displeased conservatives, how long did it take for conservatives to arm themselves and ... continue reading


New California Bill allows university abortions Watch

Image of Will California universities offer abortion pills to students?

Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) introduced a bill to expand medical abortions to University of California (UC) and California State ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.