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Reid's shady secret land deal behind Nev. dispute?

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy explains why he is standing firm against the federal government in the grazing land dispute.
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A familiar name in Washington politics that is emerging as a potential central figure in the Nevada cattle dispute is none other than U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Senate Majority Leader. Reid figures into the scandal in at least two ways.

According to radio host and Fox News Channel contributor Dana Loesch, Sen. Reid moved the boundaries of the original habitat of the endangered desert tortoise in order to accommodate a development by Reid's top political donor, Harvey Whittemore. But why is this of such vital importance?

Protecting the original habitat of the endangered tortoise was the supposed primary reason for the federal land seizure of that portion of Nevada to begin with. But that motivational factor was thrown out the window in a hurry when Reid decided to help his cash cow with his development project on that land. Reid, thus, changed the boundaries of the habitat and moved the tortoise to the new area.

But this is not the only way that Reid is directly connected to the growing Nev. cattle scandal. In 2012 both Breitbart and Reuters reported that Sen. Reid was pushing a land deal with the Chinese that would result in the construction of a $5 billion dollar solar panel plant on the very land that is now being disputed in Clark County, Nev., the home of rancher Cliven Bundy whose family has used the land for cattle for over 150 years.

According to Breitbart,

The son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rory Reid, is the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, a Chinese energy company seeking to build a $5 billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughlin, Nevada.

ENN scored big when Clark County commissioners unanimously voted to sell the Chinese company the public land for just $4.5 million, despite the fact that it was appraised at $38.6 million.

Sen. Reid has been one of ENN’s biggest supporters, having recruited the company during a 2011 trip to China. According to Reuters, last month Sen. Reid tried to “pressure Nevada's largest power company, NV Energy, to sign up as ENN's first customer.”

Both Reid and his son denied lobbying the Chinese to secure the land deal. But this would explain why, after 150 years, the Feds appear to be so eager to get Bundy and his cattle off of that land.


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