We all saw the election day chicanery by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., but now it's Rory Reid who might be in a bit of trouble:
Rory Reid, who failed a gubernatorial bid in Nevada last November, is taking heat for allegedly creating dozens of campaign accounts to get around contribution limits -- a scheme the top state election official said could run afoul of the law.
Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller has sent a letter to Reid, the son of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and his advisers "in regard to potential violations" of state election law, pressing them to fork over records accounting for how the Reid campaign handled and distributed donations. The red flag for Miller was the fact Reid set up 90 political action committees all registered at the same Las Vegas address.
Miller warned that the information Reid supplies "may be used against you in an administrative, civil or criminal proceeding."
Apparently, this investigation was prompted by Jon Ralston's brutal report on the younger Reid's shell PACs, which was just published ten days ago. It began with this line:
In one of the most brazen schemes in Nevada history, gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid’s campaign formed 91 shell political action committees that were used to funnel three quarters of a million dollars into his campaign, circumventing contribution limits and violating at least the spirit – and maybe the letter – of the laws governing elections.
Note that Tom DeLay was actually convicted of money-laundering for a far more innocuous set of transactions that most campaigns engage in as a matter of routine. The younger Reid, on the other hand, appears to have set up a ridiculously complex conspiracy to get around campaign finance laws.
I wonder how many votes that money helped his father get out on election day?