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As some may be aware, the Bundy Ranch in Nevada is having 500 plus head of
free range cattle that have been fed on desert BLM land seized by the government.
This is a long standing decades old dispute that pits the Bundy family, who have ranched this land since
the 1870s, against a literal army of BLM SWAT forces supposedly there to protect desert tortoises.
Our purpose here is to show how this siege must all eventually be linked to Senator Harry Reid, who literally controls
everything that happens in Nevada. I wrote the only biography of Harry Reid (more below) which goes into
his history of shady land dealings and use of the BLM. The best leverage the Bundys have is not against the BLM, but
by making corrupt Harry Reid the focus of media attention. Because this is breaking, I will be updating this page continuously
as I put information together, lots more to come.
Descriptions of what is going on at Bundy Ranch can be found here
In bullet point, tying my research on Reid in with the situation, here are some reasons
why Reid is vulnerable and complicit in this issue:
Neil Kornze, former Reid aid, is now a BLM Director and is well involved in the Bundy seige.
Kornze was responsible for planning the allottment of 285,000 acres to dedicated Solar farm
development (a pet Reid boondoggle). These Solar development zones are Tortoise and Bird kill zones - see BrightSource.
So Reid knows damn well what
is going on at the Bundy Ranch and could stop the BLM Gestapo cold.
It turns out
is also a big Reid contributor. See how this works? Hundreds of thousands of acres set aside to kill Tortoises
for Friends of Reid, nothing for the Bundys who have worked and preserved the land since 1870.
Harry Reid killed more Tortoises in cahoots with Brightsource solar and jailed buddy Harvey Whittemore than Bundyranch.
Reid helped good friend and bigtime lawyer/lobbyist Harvey Whittemore procure environmental waivers
for the Coyote Springs golf and residential development, a short distance from the Bundy Ranch.
L.A. Times did a big expose
on Reid and Coyote Springs special deals for Whittemore.
Reid was happy to let Brightsource propose to cover 8,300 acres of tortoise land of the 42,000-acre Coyote Springs.
These included powerline changes and most importantly, a land swap with BLM for Desert Tortoise land.
Whittemore claims Harry had nothing to do with the dubious Tortoise landswap,
like anything in Nevada happens at Reid's displeasure.
Here's what the BLM really thinks of Desert Tortoises. Let them Burn! Not thirty miles from the Bundy Ranch.
Harry Reid 'owns' 200 acres in Searchlight, all old BLM mining patent deeds inherited from his miner dad,
all filled with desert Tortoise. His home is surrounded by the 14 abandoned mines that he owns—old
sites with names like Spotted Horse, Diamond Wedge, and Cyrus Noble (so named after it was swapped
for a bottle of Cyrus Noble whiskey). The question is why does he have ancestral claim to this land
while the Bundys do not to their grazing rights?
Reid's claim to that land are mining patents, dependent on BLM favouritism since he no longer mines anything.
Maybe he should be evicted, since his claims rest on old mining law from 1872.
A patent is a parcel of claimed mineral-rich public land which the federal government sells to
the claim holder for $2.50 or $5.00 per acre, as required by the 1872 Mining Law.
A patent, or patented claim, is no longer public land; both the land and the minerals
contained in it become the property of the patent holder.
Congress has imposed a moratorium on new mining patents since October 1, 1994. Reid bought
much of the land in 1973.
In 2007 Vegas land was $700k/acre. People thought Searchlight would be bedroom community.
During the Real Estate boom, Reid thought his land was worth $20 million. That's why the new
four lane highway into Searchlight directly benefited Reid, for land he has no more right to than the Bundys.
Here are the parcel numbers from the Clark County Assessor. You can click to get more info and aerial maps.
Reid's house was built by developer Jim Rhodes (they all thought they'd make a killing in Seachlight), right
smack dab in Tortoise land.
Coincidentally, Rhodes was also fined for illegal contributions to Reid. Rhodes later hired
disgraced Erin Kenny for $16,000 a month, a Reid protege for Lieutenant Governor, who was caught taking bribes
from Tittybar owner Mike Galardi of Cheetahs and did jail time. Reid's other
protege, Dario Herrera, also did jail for Tittybar bribes.
What a nice crew, friends of Harry. Jay Brown, Harry's best friend, has also
done legal work for Rhodes, Herrera and Kenny, go figure.
Rhodes, Erin and Dario, all bribe-magnet Democrat friends of Reid.
Rory Reid, Harry's son, was hand picked to take over Dario Herrera's
County Commission seat. The Reids will claim total ignorance
that Herrera was tittybar-bribe taking dirty politician. Unexpected!
Wonder how much Rory and Harry Reid paid Dario Herrera so Rory could take
Herrera Commissioner seat? Dario jailed for tittybar bribes at Cheetahs and
Someone should ask how many Tortoises were killed building a four lane superhighway to
Harry Reid's land in Searchlight. Reid has positioned himself to be a beneficiary of owning
the land entering Searchlight as a future bedroom community. Maybe he should be asked
about his Desert Tortoise land in Arizona too.
If Harry Reid truly believes in the environment and not making his family pig rich off of BLM favouritism,
he should be asked to put his Searchlight 200 acres into a BLM Desert Tortoise Trust in perpetuity.
He could call it the Desert Institute for Reid Tortoises (DIRT)
Fifty acres of the Reid Searchlight DIRT is co owned with acknowleged Reid best buddy Jay Brown,
also conveniently a
mob and tittybar lawyer. Reid also did a deal on land "he didn't own" and
collected $1.1 million in cahoots with Brown (see also in above article). Who says Harry Reid
doesn't know how to play land deals for a quick skim? Not like he'd ever play the BLM
for his own benefit. I have also written extensively on Jay Brown in my book, and now have
a long article linking him to 40 years of bribes.
Who Is Jay Brown?
Reid also promoted the Desert Express High Speed Rail boondoggle from Victorville to Las Vegas (so bad it can't
make it over the grade to get to LA, now Express West).
This was a payoff to Reid good buddy lobbyist Sig Rogich, who amazingly turned around
immediately after the Reid endorsement and ran
Republicans For Reid
(which is big reason Sharron Angle lost). Maybe someone should ask Reid
how many Desert Tortoises that taxpayer funded railway payoff would have killed.
No one does anything in Nevada without Harry approval. That's why the Bundys needs to expand protest
to the top slimeball in the land, Harry Reid, and make this a national issue.
Reid could stop the Bundy Ranch Seige with just a phone call,
(UPDATE: apparently he did just that, to save his own hide, as the situation resolved)
to his BLM buddy Kornze or to Obama. But he won't because there is no bribe money in it for him. Make him a pinata.
Reid needs to feel massive long term pain, mainly by focusing on his Searchlight land.
NRA almost endorsed Reid but shut traps when people like me screamed bloody murder.
Three of Harry Reid's best friends are Jay Brown, Dominic Gentile and Oscar Goodman.
All mob and titty bar lawyers.
Mar 15 2010
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's connections to money, mob and influence in
Nevada going back fifty years (fourth edition). Revelations from Reid's first
campaign manager and others paints a picture of a politician taking money on the side.
Most shocking is the polygraph backed claim that
Harry Reid took unreported donations from pimp Joe Conforte of the Mustang Ranch
brothel in the years leading up to Reid's time on the Nevada Gaming Commission.
Conforte's links to mob figures like Jimmy 'the Weasel' Fratianno and Johnny Simone
mean the mob knew Reid was on the take. Also disturbing are accounts of Reid's
long friendship with a lawyer to many of the most notorious strip clubs in Las Vegas -
some of whose owners just did jail time for bribery and were Reid's political proteges.
Oscar Goodman, Las Vegas Mayor and lawyer to the mob also enters the picture.
Sweetheart treatment of land developers, the G-Sting scandal, fat cat campaign
contributors and more taint the record of Senator Reid, one of the most powerful
politicians in the U.S. and therefore the world.
I am the author of Harry: Money Mob And Influence. Here's some background on how Reid runs Nevada.
In the Sharron Angle vs Reid debate on October 14th, 2010 Angle
asked Senator Reid how he was able to accumulate so much wealth on
a politicians salary. One would suppose that Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid is a fairly important person and many in the media would
already have answers to this question. However, other than his self-serving
autobiography, the only biography of Reid is the one I have written,
titled HARRY, Money Mob & Influence In Harry Reid's Nevada. The absence
of reporting on Reid's background is the usual slurry of bias, laziness
and incompetence that we have come to expect from our press, so I became
his reluctant biographer to fill the void.
Doing a book report on myself, either I have fabricated a salacious
expose from whole-cloth and Harry Reid is an absolute Saint, or he is
among the most corrupt whorehouse politicians the U.S. has ever faced
(and I use whorehouse literally, not figuratively) taking money from
every mark he could find. Everything I have researched about
Harry Mason Reid points to such massive corruption that if only a
small percentage of what I and others have unearthed is true,
Senator Reid makes Charlie Rangel look like a choirboy.
The money shot is that in the early 90s I had worked with a gentleman
named Don Williams, a well known and respected (sometimes feared) Democratic
political consultant in Nevada who had run Harry Reid's early campaigns from
1965 (Hospital board) through 1968 (State Assembly), 1970 (Lieutenant Governor)
and finally a defeat in 1974 for Senate against Senator Paul Laxalt.
When I started to write my book on Reid in the middle of 2009, I of course
immediately called Don and asked if he had any stories about Reid.
Don had a haymaker:
I was in Reno during the (1970) Lt Governor's race and Harry
called and said to go down to the River House (casino), and see Joe Conforte.
I was interested in Conforte, because at that time he was bringing in S
an Francisco pollsters during the elections. He hired polling outfits,
which was pretty unusual considering he was a well known pimp.
We were able to get one big poll. I had run races where pollsters
made lots money off us, but Conforte's polls were better.
Conforte looks like a Damon Runyon pimp. We hit it off pretty well.
George Knapp (Channel 8 Reporter) did a report on him recently down in Brazil,
Conforte doesn't look like he's aged at all.
Well Conforte says to me, "I want you give this to Harry Reid."
And he hands me a big fat envelope.
One time Conforte took me to this double-wide trailer. It was
pretty opulent and attached by a secret door to the Mustang Ranch
Conforte had a whole wall of huge paper shopping bags with money
sitting there and had me help count it out. Conforte also took me
out to his car one time and showed me a whole trunk full of absentee
ballots filled out for Harry. He actually offered me the opportunity
to open the ballots to check them if I wanted, but I didn't want my fingerprints on there.
So, you could say Harry Reid's campaign was partially oiled by the sweat of Mustang Ranch whores.
Interview, Don Williams, 10-27-2009
Don Williams has since been polygraphed on his statements and I no longer
consider them in dispute. The excruciating problem is that if Reid was taking
money from pimp Conforte (who it is well documented bribed a flotilla of
Nevada politicians over decades), it means Reid's entire career was
compromised, especially starting with Reid's tenure as Chairman of the
Nevada Gaming Commission starting in 1977. In the popular media culture,
that would imply that in the movie Casino, Deniro/Ace/Lefty Rosenthal
really did give money and perhaps more to Dickey Smothers/Harry Reid.
It would also imply that in real life at the Tropicana casino skim,
Joe Agosto, the bagman for the Civella crime family, really did have
a "Cleanface in his pocket".
Taking unreported money from pimps is explosive enough, but perhaps
just old news from 35 years ago. Except as I continued to research
I found a thread of examples of bribery that extend to the present
and also include influence by denizens of the "Adult" Entertainment Industry,
as well as vestiges of the mob right out of the movie Casino. Strikingly
similar to Conforte's well documented penchant for bribing politicians
in the 70s and 80s is the G-Sting scandal of 2003, where two Reid protégés
(County Commissioners Erin Kenny, and Dario Herrera) took bribes from topless bar owners. G-Sting gives us an end cap to forty years of influence peddling, however, there are thirty chapters of events in my book detailing crony land deals, sleazy associations and intimidation which link back all the way to the pimp Conforte days. My research, and that of another author finishing eleven years of his own research on a book on Conforte, are still going strong and are headed towards a further dirtying of the Reid record.
The Conforte accusations would be old events if Harry Reid hadn't based much of his federal elective career on having been the guy who faced down the mob during his appointed stint as Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission from 1977 to 1981. Could Conforte and his mob associates have had a hold on Reid during the 80s too? First be aware that pimp Joe Conforte had spent a great deal of money and effort bribing everyone under the sun to get prostitution legalized in Nevada in 1971. The number of bribed politicians is substantial, and admitted both by Conforte in a 2008 Interview with I-Team reporter George Knapp in Brazil, as well as being documented by numerous indictments and news stories beyond this articles' scope. Conforte also claimed in a 1983 DOJ testimony to have bribed popular governor Mike O'Callaghan:
In the early 1970's, Gino Del Carlo was a County Commissioner in Storey County, Nevada. In or around 1972, Del Carlo died. Since the Governor of the state had the authority to fill the term of a County Commissioner, [Conforte] wanted to be sure the Governor appointed a person who would be in favor of prostitution. [Conforte] asked Claiborne to contact Governor Mike O'Callaghan and request that O'Callaghan appoint Laura Del Carlo, wife of Gino Del Carlo, as the interim replacement.
[Conforte] was confident that O'Callaghan would make the appointment of Laura Del Carlo for him. [Conforte] explained that in 1970, he had "donated" to O'Callaghan's race in the primary. He had donated $5,000 initially, and in September, 1970, gave another $1,000 to O'Callaghan's wife to pay some miscellaneous bills. Towards the end of the year, he donated another $7,000 to $8,000 for O'Callaghan's campaign.
[Conforte] advised [blank] was a witness to the payments made to O'Callaghan's campaign. [Conforte] explained that the first $5,000 was paid to O'Callaghan at [blank]. He believe the future payments were given to O'Callaghan's campaign manager.
O'Callaghan did, in fact, appoint [Laura Del Carlo] to the County Commission.
Department of Justice Interview With Joe Conforte, 1983 from internal Memo, as supplied by correspondence with Oscar Dey Williams, author of the book Conforte due for release in 2011.
Federal Judge Harry Claiborne, mentioned above and also a friend of Harry Reid, was impeached for taking money and prostitutes as bribes from Conforte. Governor O'Callaghan was Reid's mentor, first as high school teacher and boxing coach to eventually appointing Reid to the Gaming Commission in 1977 after Reid's failed Senate race against Paul Laxalt. Moreover, the late Pete Echeverria, who chaired the Nevada Gaming Commission before Reid, was also a former lawyer to Joe Conforte during a catch-all tax evasion trial in 1963 (really pandering and intimidation). Plus we have Don Williams polygraphed statement that he picked up money from Conforte for Reid on two campaigns. In short, we aren't arguing whether my history of Reid corruption is plausible, only whether it is 100% accurate and despite all the evidence Reid somehow miraculously remained a Saint amongst the corrupt.
My conjecture is that Reid was juiced into the Gaming Commission Chairmanship by Joe Conforte. What is little understood is that Joe Conforte, along with a mob associate named John Simone and possibly Jimmy "the Weasel" Fratianno, had delusions that they could get licensed as casino operators as late as 1976. Simone and Conforte had met in 1974 at the Canyon Country Club Hotel in Palm Springs to discuss building a casino, and Conforte had followed through by buying 300 some odd acres near Sparks Nevada (which also devolved into a Commissioner being bribed, a common theme). According to an article by Mike Oliva in the March 21st, 1976 Nevada State Journal:
Conforte also denied knowing any of the figures with whom police say he met in Palm Springs.
"Hey, I don't have anything to do with these Mafias," the brothel operator said . "Everybody always wants to say I'm with the Mafias I'm not a Mafia".
However, Conforte did say he'd like to see his hillside property across from the golf course site turn into a casino center.
"There's nothing I'd like better than to see five hotels the size of the MGM Grand on that hillside," he said. "There'd be nothing better for the community, ''
Despite the protestations of innocence from a multiply convicted pimp,
one can hypothesize that Harry Reid was juiced into the appointive
Chairmanship of the Nevada Gaming Commission in 1977 specifically so
he could help get Joe Conforte and others a casino license. Some might
call that a slander, but if Don Williams' polygraphed statement is correct
about picking up money from Conforte for Reid, then the entire Harry Reid
mythic story collapses in doubt. Certainly, Reid overlooked other dubious
gaming application during his Commission tenure, notably at the Aladdin
with entertainer Wayne Newton and also when the hundreds of pages of FBI files
on the mob connections of Frank Sinatra were ignored when Sinatra came before
the gaming commission.
Also potentially significant is that Reid's long time good friend,
Lawyer Jay Brown, was helping represent mob crooks Joe Agosto and Deil Gustafson
at the Tropicana skim in the late 70s and 80s while best friend Reid was on
the Commission. Reid claims his friendship with Brown was never abused and
he was never influenced, though that isn't what notorious Lefty Rosenthal
thought when he commented on his view of Brown's defense capabilities.
One lesson, if I need a friend I'll buy a dog! As for Jay Brown, he
never returned my calls and continues to practice his style of bullshit.
If I sound bitter, I apologize, I'm really not. Time heals most wounds.
Feature Story: State Gamers Petition Supreme Court
(Desert Rats 3) Posted by Frank Rosenthal on January 22, 1999
Lefty's disappointment in Jay Brown was most likely because Brown and partner mob lawyer Oscar Goodman had implied their friendship with Harry Reid would save the day. While Lefty did end up in the Black Book, it is never clear what motivated the mob at that point in time because Jimmy "the Weasel" Fratianno was squealing, Frank "the Bomp" Bompensiero had been executed for being a rat, and Tony "the Ant" Spilotro was under FBI pressure. So we just don't know whether Reid was on the take while his best friend was representing mobsters, or whether there is a tooth fairy. However, a critical casino owner from that period tells me "everyone knew Reid was on the take".
Reid has often claimed through the years that he has not abused Lawyer to Lawyer firewalls, especially the one he has with friend Jay Brown. For example, in 2009 supposedly Reid never contacted lawyer/nude bar owner Dominic Gentile when State Attorney General Catherine Cortes Mastos was contemplating offering Gentile $425,000 to prosecute Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki on later dismissed and unfounded embezzlement charges ("coincidentally" Krolicky was then the presumptive opponent for Reid's Senate seat).
Then there are the land deals. In 2002 there were the reports of the suspicious Patrick Lane deal in partnership with ubiquitous friend Jay Brown where $750,00 was hidden in a game of ownership musical chairs. Then there is the 250 acres of Reid's Searchlight land (55 acres co-owned with Jay Brown) that was being jockeyed into position to be a potentially $50 million development with shady builder Jim Rhodes (the four lane improved highway to Searchlight goes right by Reid's land). Then there are the shenanigans involving the Coyote Springs development of lawyer/friend Harvey Whittemore where Reid moved mountains to obtain transmission line and desert tortoise rights – now defunct the land is being repositioned for largess from a solar plant operator. Currently there is the Anderson Dairy scandal where dairyman (with real cows) and Republican member of the State Assembly Ed Goedart was forced to ship milk to California, then ship California milk back to Nevada while Reid supporter Andersen Dairy is given a waiver.
Then there is Reid's saving jobs at the City Center megaresort complex. Reid strong-armed money from banks to finish the project, supposedly to save jobs. In reality, Reid succeeded in bailing out long time friend and top contributor Kirk Kerkorian and the MGM as well as partner Dubai World and notorious Pansy Ho. Reid could have saved multiple other projects in the Vegas Valley, but chose his friends.
In a September 15th townhall meeting in the Summerlin community in Las Vegas, there was a surrogate debate between Sig Rogich (who now heads Republicans for Reid and stood in for Reid) and Richard Ziser (who ran against Reid in 2004 and stood in for Sharron Angle). I asked Mr. Rogich directly if he thought Don Williams was a liar about Reid's connections to Conforte. Rogich replied that he had called Williams recently and that they simply had different recollections of events and these were in any case old events. Most telling, Mr. Rogich refused to commit Senator Reid to taking a polygraph to clear his name. Of course Rogich wasn't there at the Conforte payoffs, so couldn't know their validity. Clearly, once on the corruption rollercoaster a politician can't really get off, so lobbyist Rogich's contention that this was something from the distant past is strictly wishful spin.
Sadly, Rogich himself is part of a quid pro quo with Reid regarding something called the DesertXpress high-speed rail where Rogich stands to reap huge rewards during the building of a high speed rail from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Immediately after Reid endorsed the DesertXpress over the rival Maglev technology, Rogich started the Republicans for Reid PAC. Laughably, the DesertXpress technology is so inferior that it would dead-end in Victorville unable to overcome the grade at the Cajon Pass to Los Angeles.
I could go on and on, and indeed I have in a book which continues to grow (it is published through Amazon.com with just-in-time printing technology, so I can update the edition regularly). But here is the truly disturbing part, as an author I have at least ten story lines that I can't even go into because they take the form of Reid getting a kickback from X, but the source is afraid to talk publicly. Is it fair as an author to drop hints that a subject (even a politician) is even dirtier than you can say, and then not divulge sources on record? It certainly is not fair, but neither is the way Harry Reid conducts his intimidation campaigns in Nevada. These aren't nice people, they are thug leftovers from the movie Casino.
People can judge for themselves, read my book and then see if Harry Reid is willing to take a polygraph that he never took money from Joe Conforte.
Either Harry Reid is oblivious to fifty years of corruption, or he is part of all of it. Either scenario should give Nevada voters and American's in general the absolute Halloween willies.
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