"He's got to be doing something right to having acres of tequila plants in Mexico, a private plane, a limousine, a house in Big Bear." He once had "more money than God."
According to an article in the RJ, those are some of the words that Edith Gillespie spoke in describing her half-brother and alleged ringleader of the HOA scandal, Leon Benzer. The RJ article notes that Gillespie casually made these comments over a glass of wine with one of their straw buyers who happened to be wearing a wire. Gillespie's attorney, Chris Rasmussen, who was hired before the recording took place is seeking to suppress the recording for violating her constitutional rights.
Edited to add: Jeff German at the RJ posted another HOA scandal related article this morning regarding the late David Amesbury titled, "Suspicions create mystery around death of lawyer." It discusses concerns that Amesbury brother Tom and Amesbury's estranged wife Victoria Villegas raised about his alleged suicide. Along with those concerns, there is some discussion surrounding his mysterious assault in Henderson and how he ended up several miles from his truck in his underwear, including the fact that Amesbury acknowledged meeting a gay man on Craigslist the week before the assault. This HOA scandal just gets stranger and stranger.
Speaking of big bucks, the RJ ran two more articles this weekend on the Jennie Dorsey/Kemp Jones/Harry Reid situation. The first article, by Jane Morrison, concludes that Kemp Jones contributions to the Super PAC are probably legal, but the timing is a little fishy. It also has a nice timeline of the sequence of events and gives you an idea of how much Kemp & Jones donated previously so you can decide for yourself whether everything was above board. Morrison sums it up nicely, "When [Dorsey's] partners had never donated in such large sums before, it smacks of old-style payola. It may be legal, but it’s not right."
The second article points out, among other things, that two federal judges have been appointed from McDonald Carano and none of its partners donated money to political campaigns during that process.
Anyone have other insight to offer? Any reports from the Rick Harris party on Friday? Also, major props to the staff at the RJ for following up on both of these stories.