Troubles for Harry Reid?

Posted by: ST on September 30, 2005 at 10:43 am

Via the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

WASHINGTON — The money that led to the indictment this week of two Las Vegas pastors and the wife of one of them came from federal grants arranged by Sen. Harry Reid in September 2001, a Reid spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Moving to distance Reid from a possible scandal, aide Tessa Hafen said the senator sought the money on behalf of a nonprofit social services agency and not for the churches or persons who have been accused of mishandling the money.

"The money was administered by the Department of Justice, and it went to the agency in Nevada (Alliance Collegiums Association of Nevada)," Hafen said.

The Rev. Willie Davis, the longtime pastor of Second Baptist Church, and his wife, Emma, were indicted Tuesday on fraud charges with an associate minister, the Rev. McTheron Jones.

They are accused of spending $330,000 from federal grants on themselves although the money was intended for halfway houses for prison inmates in Southern Nevada.

The indictment identifies Willie Davis as president of the Alliance Collegiums Association of Nevada board of directors.

In late 2002, Emma Davis became executive director, and Jones was assistant director.

According to the indictment, a grant of $423,000 was approved for the alliance in September 2002.

The indictment charges the defendants of using the grant money to benefit themselves.

A Reid relationship with the Second Baptist Church surfaced in 1997, when the senator donated $250 to the church where Davis was and still is pastor.

The money came from John Huang, who was convicted of making illegal contributions to the 1996 re-election campaign of President Clinton.

Stay tuned ….

(Hat tip: ST reader Fat Tone)

More: Michelle Malkin says "Give Harry Hell."


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5 Responses to “Troubles for Harry Reid?”


  1. Fat Tone says:

    You have to know that conservatives have bank bags full of stuff, that they choose to let out on their opponents, whenever some BS ( Tom Delay ) charge is laid on one of their own.

    Go after the Congressional leader ?? Ok…we’ll go after the Senate Minority leader. Touche’

  2. Jack Deth says:

    Good afternoon, Sister Toldjah:

    I found the link to Senator Reid’s “Give ‘Em hell, Harry!” Blog yesterday (09/30/05) afternoon and left a comment asking Harry how it felt being given the keys to an asylum that is run by its inmates.

    Also commented on the Dems taking money and Talking Points from MoveOn and Democratic Underground. My post was numbered in the low 120s. Scattered amongst dozens of posters asking probing questions regarding Harry’s miserable performance and state of his party. Plus the odd Indictments in Las Vegas.

    Yet the Blog was frozen with comments in the high double digits (80 plus) early this morning. With its Comments capability removed.

    Ah, well. Some people invite abuse. Others have it thrust upon them. I guess with Harry, it’s both! 😆


    PS: I love your Blog’s Preview capability prior to posting!

  3. Hey Jack! Long time no see – hope all is well with you.

    Did Mr. Reid post an answer to you, by chance? ;)

  4. Jack Deth says:

    Life is good, Sister Toldjah.

    Giving the Code Pink-Os grief at Walter Reed every Friday night. Keeping my ear to the ground for Democratic Gut Rumbles.
    Defending Democracy. Keeping out of trouble 😎

    It looks like your Blog is growing larger every day!

    Sadly, Harry didn’t respond to my comments. 😆


  5. PCD says:

    Hey, Jack! How you doing?

    About the only thing that would get Reid in trouble is if he got caught drinking an alcoholic beverage and reported to his Mormon Bishop.