Senator Harry Reid Takes Political Contributions from Online Poker?

United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could be implicated in an ongoing corruption investigation that is looking into politicians with interests in online gambling. Davis County DA Troy Rawlings and Salt Lake City County DA Sim Gill claim evidence in the investigation related to suspected financial transactions which include campaign contributions to State and Federal Politicians. Looking at the Federal level officials like Harry Reid, Rawlings suggested that perhaps the US DOJ should get involved when it applied to their own. DA Gill totally agreed and said there could be possible innocent explainations for that evidence that has been found.

Utah Attorney General John Swallow was the first to face allegations once Rawlings and Gill took over the investigation 2 years ago. These allegations led to Swallow resigning his state position in November. Interestingly when it comes to Senator Reid, the DOJ has thwarted any attempt by the FBI to include him in their investigation.

In 2009 the State of Utah became a home of one of the major online poker companies and their interests had entered the political arena in an effort to prevent a crackdown on processing poker payments. This led to huge political campaign donations. Jeremy Johnson who was a key figure in the banking portion of the Utah gambling transactions alleges that Reid was directly involved in a fundraiser event at the Rio Casino in Vegas where online poker industry officials hosted him. Johnson also alleges that Reid promised to introduce Federal Legislation to legalize online poker if he was elected again.

Ironically Reid did just that about a month after his 2010 reelection, although curiously he withdrew the bill 2 months later. Harry Reid was one of the Senators who introduced the UIGEA when black Friday happened in early 2006.

March 14, 2014: posted in Gambling News No Comments

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