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									The Reid connections
The senator                            The sons, all of whom are lawyers at Lionel, Sawyer & Collins, Nevada’s largest law firm                                                                    The son-in-law




Harry Reid, 63, senior                 Rory Reid, 40, graduate of            Leif Reid, 35, graduate of            Josh Reid, 31, graduate of             Key Reid, 28, graduate                  Steven Barringer, 47,
senator from Nevada, first             Brigham Young University              Stanford Law School, a                University of Arizona law              of George Mason                         graduate of Brigham Young
elected in 1986; assistant             law shcool; only politician           litigator; former assistant           school; holds a master’s               University School of Law;               law school; married to
minority leader; member of             among the sons so far;                U.S. attorney; Republican             in environmental science               former star midfielder on               Reid’s only daughter;
Appropriations Committee;              elected member of the                 senator from Nevada                   from Yale                              University of Virginia                  principal in government-
vice chairman of the Ethics            Clark County Board of                 recently put Leif’s name                                                     soccer team; lobbyist in                relations consulting firm
Committee; vice chairman               Commissioners; former                 among possible nominees                                                      firm’s Washington office                McClure, Gerard &
of the Ethics committee                chairman of Nevada state              for federal court vacancy                                                                                            Neuenschwander since
                                       Democratic Party                                                                                                                                           November 2000; lawyer at
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dickstein Shapiro Morin &
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oshinsky from April 1999
                                                                                                                                                                                                  to October 2000


Real estate
The special interest                   What Sen. Reid has done                                              How much family members’ firms have been paid*
Howard Hughes Corp.                    Sponsored legislation that gave the company 998                      $300,000 to the McClure firm for Barringer and
                                       acres of prime Las Vegas real estate through a                       others to lobby
                                       federal land swap.


City of Henderson                      Sponsored legislation that freed 4,000 acres of                      $220,000 to the McClure firm for Barringer and
                                       federal land for development and annexation near                     others to lobby
                                       Henderson.


City of Las Vegas and                  Sponsored legislation that freed 18,000 acres                        $40,000 paid by Las Vegas and $100,000
city of North Las Vegas                for development and annexation by the two                            by North Las Vegas to the Lionel Sawyer
                                       cities.                                                              firm for Key Reid and others to lobby


Pershing County Water                  Helped push legislation that allowed federal land                    $80,000 to the McClure firm for Barringer
Reclamation District                   to be transferred to local irrigation district.                      and others to lobby



Coyote Springs, a real                 Sponsored legislation that would have moved a                        Reid’s four sons all work with Whittemore,
estate development                     federal power line easement off the property                         who is a senior partner at Lionel Sawyer
project headed by                      Whittemore wants to develop, freeing up to 11,000
Harvey Whittemore                      acres for a new subdivision. Reid dropped the
                                       measure after the Los Angeles Times and Senate
                                       staffers raised questions.

The proposed Meadow                    Sponsored legislation that allows them to put a                      Undisclosed amount to the Lionel Sawyer
Valley Generating Plant,               pipeline through a part of what had been                             firm for Rory and others to lobby in Nevada
developed by PG&E                      protect protected wilderness area.
National Energy Group




Gambling
The special interest                   What Sen. Reid has done                                              How much family members’ firms have been paid*
American Gaming Assn.                  Has been a tireless supporter of gaming                              $30,000 to the Dickstein firm for Barringer and
                                       industry. Fought against legislative efforts to                      others to lobby
                                       impose a nationwide ban on wagering on college                       $180,000 to the McClure firm for Barringer and
                                       sports, which is legal only in Nevada                                others to lobby



Nevada Resort Assn., the               Challenged tribal gaming outside Nevada that                         Undisclosed amount to the Lionel Sawyer firm
state casino trade group               threatened to cut into the state’s gaming                            for Leif and Rory Reid to represent the resort
                                       business. Fought proposed ban on college-                            association and the Nevada Mining Assn.
                                       sports betting




Mining
The special interest                   What Sen. Reid has done                                              How much family members’ firms have been paid*
National Mining Assn.,                 Had been a steady advocate in the Senate for                         $320,000 to the McClure firm for Barringer
the mining industry trade              hard-rock mining. Fought attempts to replace                         and others to lobby
group                                  century-old, $5-an-acre charge for extracting
                                       minerals from federal lands with a sizeable royalty
                                       payment. Delayed or modified the federal
                                       government’s tough new environmental and land-
                                       use rules for mining on federal lands.

Placer Dome                            See above.                                                           $320,000 to the McClure firm for Barringer and
                                                                                                            others to lobby; $5,000 a month paid to the Lionel
                                                                                                            Sawyer firm for Rory Reid and others to be the
                                                                                                            company’s “eyes and ears” in Nevada

Newmont                                See above.                                                           $140,000 to the McClure firm for Barringer and other to lobby

Barrick Goldstrike                     See above.                                                           $60,000 to the Dickstein firm for Barringer and others to lobby

Homestake Mining                       See above.                                                           $80,000 to the Dickstein firm for Barringer and others to lobby

Battle Mountain Gold                   See above.                                                           $60,000 to the Dickstein firm for Barringer and others to lobby


Nevada Mining Assn.                    See above.                                                           Undisclosed amount to the Lionel Sawyer firm for
                                                                                                            Rory Reid and others to lobby in NevadaRory and




Other special interests
The special interest                   What Sen. Reid has done                                              How much family members’ firms have been paid*
University of Nevada at                Helped the school secure millions of                                 $10,000 a month to the Lionel Sawyer firm
Reno                                   dollars in specially earmarked funds in                              for lobbying by Barringer and former Sen.
                                       his work on the Senate Appropriations                                Richard Bryan
                                       Committee.

Kerr-McGee Corp.                       Helped the oil and chemcial company                                  Undisclosed amount to the Lionel Sawyer
                                       get federal funds to help pay to clean                               firm for Rory Reid and others to lobby in
                                       up radioactive waste at a company                                    Nevada
                                       plant near Chicago.

Heli USA Airways, a                    Opposed federal attempts to restrict                                 $20,000 to the Dickstein firm for Barringer
leading Grand Canyon                   Grand Canyon tours.                                                  and others to lobby
tour operator


Air Products &                         Backed a $10.8-million public-private                                Undisclosed amount ot the Lionel Sawyer
Chemicals Inc.                         partnership between the company and                                  firm for Rory Reid and others to lobby in
                                       federal government to build a hydrogen                               Nevada
                                       filling station for buses.

Nevada Test                            Helped funnel millions of dollars in                                 $20,000 to the McClure firm for Barringer
Development Site Corp.                 federal funds to develop the test site.                              and others to lobby federal agencies


* Unless otherwise noted
Sources: Federal lobbyist forms filed with the House and Senate by Key Reid for 2002 and Steven Barringer for 1999 through 2002; state lobbyist forms filed by Rory Reid for 2002 with the Nevada Legislative Reference Office;
congressional bills, news releases and documents; legal records; interview with Sen. Harry Reid; interviews with clients of the Reid family.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Los Angeles Times

								
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