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Steve Wynn's $20,000 contribution to Harry Reid in 2009

 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. / As part of its public requests for information that ties Sen. Harry Reid to questionable political players, Your Politics News submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) paperwork for records to discover why the majority leader shows unbridled allegiance to his state’s gaming industry.   

Casino mogul Steve Wynn, who developed and built resorts including the Mirage, Treasure Island, and Bellagio, has contributed to Reid’s election campaigns for the last 25 years.  Wynn first gave to Reid in 1984 when the Democrat served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, campaign records show.   

In 2000 Wynn sold Mirage Resorts to MGM Grand Inc.  The sale created MGM Mirage, Reid’s biggest political donor with $153,900 in contributions since the beginning of the 2010 election cycle.  Last year Bloomberg News reported that Wynn expressed an interest in buying back some troubled MGM Mirage casinos.  And in Sept. 2009, Wynn made his largest single contribution to Harry Reid — $20,000.   

Harry Reid wants to win, and that means he needs Wynn,” said Graham Coyne, a media and political consultant based in Carson City. “His history with the gaming commission proves his dedication to bankrolling campaigns with casino cash.  And much of Nevada remains jobless all the while.”   

Reid chaired Nevada’s gaming commission from 1977 to 1981. He has served on the U.S. Senate since 1987, and will face GOP opponent Sharron Angle in November.   

Your Politics News filed the FOIA request to determine whether Reid violated campaign laws or promised political favors when he accepted contributions from MGM Mirage, as well as other gaming donors, including Harrah’s Entertainment and Boyd Gaming.

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