Reid Defends Against Abramoff Connection:


Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is rebutting an Associated Press article that claims a relationship between Reid’s actions that benefited clients of Jack Abramoff and contacts and contributions by Abramoff’s law firm and his clients. According to Roll Call, Reid states that the letters that he co-authored with Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) to oppose the construction of a casino the Jena Band of Louisiana were actually to protect Harrah’s Entertainment – a Las Vegas-based entertainment company that operates four casinos in Lousiana – and not the Mississippi Choctaws, who were represented by Abramoff. Allegations dealing with contacts between Reid and the law firm, Greenberg Traurig, took a step back as the lobbyist who frequently contacted Reid revealed that he was not part of “Team Abramoff” and had not tried to influence Reid on a minimum-wage bill.