New news about our ethical hero Harry Ried. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationw...8jan28,0,5893951.story?coll=la-home-headlines In 2002, Reid (D-Nev.) paid $10,000 to a pension fund controlled by Clair Hay****, a Las Vegas lubricants distributor and his friend of 50 years. The payment gave the senator full control of a 160-acre parcel in Bullhead City that Reid and the pension fund had jointly owned. Reid's price for the equivalent of 60 acres of undeveloped desert was less than one-tenth of the value the assessor placed on it at the time. Six months after the deal closed, Reid introduced legislation [which failed to pass] to address the plight of lubricants dealers who had their supplies disrupted by the decisions of big oil companies. It was an issue the Hay**** family had brought to Reid's attention in 1994, according to a source familiar with the events. If Reid were to sell the property for any of the various estimates of its value, his gain on the $10,000 investment could range from $50,000 to $290,000. It is a potential violation of congressional ethics standards for a member to accept anything of value -- including a real estate discount -- from a person with interests before Congress. Oh, and how could I leave out the scumbag looser Dennis Hastert. I saw some pundit mention this when talking about all the corruption and ethical issues going on the last couple of years. Who the fugg votes for these loosers? http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/06/22/politics/main1740900.shtml (CBS/AP) House Speaker Dennis Hastert denied Thursday that he pushed for federal funding for a proposed highway in northeastern Illinois so he and his wife could reap about $1.8 million from land deals near their home in Kendall County. Based on Ingemunson's figures, Hastert paid roughly $259,000 for one parcel and later pocketed about $621,000 from its sale; and the speaker paid about $1.03 million for the other parcel and later reaped $2.48 million. Altogether, Hastert turned about $1.3 million in investments into about a $1.8 million profit in less than two years.