Seems Senator Reid, ” thought it would be nice to give supporters and staff thank-you gifts” that were purchased from his daughters Jewelry store in Berkeley, CA – That’s nice but potentially illegal. The FEC looked into it and sent Reid a letter of inquiry.
The Federal Election Commission has sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s campaign, asking for more information on why he listed an expenditure of more than $16,000 in “holiday gifts.”
The gifts, I have learned, were purchased from his granddaughter, Ryan Elisabeth Reid, who is a jewelry vendor in Berkeley, CA. The gifts were later passed on to donors and supporters, a Reid spokeswoman told me.
Reid has previously been asked to explain holiday gifts to his Ritz Carlton doorman by the FEC. But in the letter from the FEC sent last week, the agency wants to know what payments of $11,370 and $5,416 (UPDATED) were. “Itemized disbursements must include a brief statement or description of why each disbursement was made,” the letter said.
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Reid to refund his campaign $16K for ‘holiday gifts’
In a statement provided to The Hill, Reid said he would reimburse the campaign for the expenditure.
“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 is not up for reelection until 2016, but already began planning for another campaign last October.