Senator Harry Reid didn’t break any laws when he asked Las Vegas attorney Will Kemp to give to the Senate Majority PAC to help elect Democrats during the 2012 cycle. Furthermore, Kemp has been a donor to Friends for Harry Reid and to the Democratic Party of Nevada in the past.
According to opensecrets,org., in 2010, Kemp gave Reid $4,800; while his law partner J. Randal Jones gave Reid $11,700. Then during the 2012 cycle, Kemp and Jones gave $150,000 to the Senate Majority PAC and $28,500 to the Democratic Party of Nevada, with Kemp giving an extra $2,500 to Friends of Reid, for a total of $181,000.
However, ethical questions about whether Reid’s latest judicial nominee, Jennifer Dorsey, a partner in Jones, Kemp and Coulthard, remain. Both the timing and the size of the donations are creating these questions.
Here’s the timeline:
— January 9th, 2012: Kemp donates $8,500 to the Democratic Party of Nevada.
— March 31st, 2012: Dorsey donates $2,500 to Friends for Harry Reid while expressing her interest in a federal judgeship. The same day, Kemp also contributes $2,500 to the Friends of Harry Reid.
— April 30th, 2012: Reid returns Dorsey’s money but keeps Kemp’s.
— May 1st, 2012: Kemp donates $100,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, and Jones donates $5,000 to the Democratic Party of Nevada.
— May 14th, 2012: Jones donates $50,000 to the Senate Majority PAC.
— June 12th, 2012: Reid recommends Dorsey to the White House.
— August 23rd, 2012: Jones donates $8,000 to the Democratic Party of Nevada.
— September 19th, 2012: Dorsey is nominated by the President.
— October 23rd, 2012: Jones makes a $10,000 contribution to the Democratic Party of Nevada.
Despite all of this, Reid says he believes Dorsey will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.