Harry Reid & ethics rules

Fox News
by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

12/17/06

If you think that the change of leadership in both houses of Congress will lead to a complete overhaul of the undeniably corrupt system that has been the status quo for decades, think again. Any hope of a major overhaul in congressional ethics rules will likely run into one large insurmountable obstacle: Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Just this week, the Senate Ethics Committee, showing once again that it is a virtual oxymoron with a tin ear, found that Reid had not violated Senate rules when he accepted front row boxing seats on three separate occasions from the Nevada State agency, that was publicly opposing Reid's pending bill to create a federal agency with oversight over boxing. The tickets were valued at between $1400 and $2000 each. Nice perk. While for some inexplicable reason, gifts from State and local governments are permitted, the Senate Ethics manual specifically states: 'Senate and Senate staff should be wary of accepting any gift where it appears that the gift is motivated by a desire to regard, influence, or elicit favorable official action.' The rules also caution about the impropriety of accepting repeated gifts from the same source...

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