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Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Vegas Land Deal Details Too Hot For Dusty Harry
by Cordeiro
Yesterday I wrote about the Washington Post’s political hit piece on Senator George Allen. It was thinly disguised as an editorial questioning Allen’s financial ethics.

Today I point you to an Associated Press story regarding some Nevada land deals involving none other than Senate Minority Leader Dusty Harry (D-Circus Circus). This story, unlike the Postie wanna be editiorial, involves actual senators making actual transactions involving actual money. No hypothetical leaps required here.

Bottom line: Dusty Harry failed to report a land sale and the purchase of interest in a company called Patrick Lane LLC. Read the story for the details. I’ll just share this one important tidbit with you. Dusty Harry made out like a bandit to the tune of $1.1 million. Problem is, he neglected to disclose the various transactions to the required federal oversight agencies.

When asked about these transactions by the AP, Dusty Harry took the road often traveled by people who fear answering a question might have bigger consequences than running away – he hung up on the reporter.

Why, pray tell would he have such a reaction? Well, here’s one guess.

Said a former Federal Election Commission official:

This is very, very clear. Whether you make a profit or a loss you've got to put that transaction down so the public, voters, can see exactly what kind of money is moving to or from a member of Congress. It is especially disconcerting when you have a member of the leadership, of either party, not putting in the effort to make sure this is a complete and accurate report. That says something to other members. It says something to the Ethics Committee.
It appears, at least according to the story, that Dusty Harry went to great lengths to hide this series of transactions from the public eye. Now what remains to be seen is whether or not an investigation will be called for to find out the reason or reasons why he did this.

Memo to Dusty Harry: Crimes of omission are usually seen by the public to be as bad or worse than crimes of commission.

Here endeth the lesson.
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