Del Webb Upset by Revelations of
What It's Been Up To with Harry
By Del Tartikoff
copyright © 1997, Electric Nevada
|That loud bleat you heard in Glitz
City last Thursday was Del Webb Corporation, all
upset that the Las Vegas public is finding out about $50
Gs the company channeled to Senator Harry Reid in
1995 -- apparently for services rendered.
Revealed in Electric Nevada last week, the mega-developers' love offerings at the feet of King Harry had followed the senior senator's heavy-handed pressure on federal Bureau of Land Management officials to okay the transfer to Del Webb of some 5,000 acres of federal real estate -- worth at least an estimated $50 million -- on the outskirts of Las Vegas.
BLM officials say that Reid -- the U.S. Senate Democrat with the most power over the federal agency as of 1994 -- began insisting late that year that they grease the skids for Del Webb's acquisition of the land, even though all the developer had to offer in exchange was some Churchill County ranch land of dubious value, plus a pledge to find additional, other, land not yet acquired.
On Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada Seniors Coalition consultant Dr. Larry Paulson, interviewed by KNEWS radio, discussed the Del Webb campaign contributions story in Electric Nevada, and the next day learned -- via a call from the station -- that Del Webb representatives, irate, had called
had called the station to complain.
and others (see accompanying map) is already producing
water rate increases and major momentum for a 1/4%
increase in the Clark County sales tax. Even before the
Nevada Legislature was to open Monday, assembly speaker Joe
Dini(D-Yerington) was announcing he thought it was
going to pass....
Legislature has gone
and pruchased over 200 fancy new high-back, red leather
chairs for the Senate, the Assembly chambers and all the
if he would mind elaborating on what the commissioners'
concerns were, Molini replied, "Yeah, I think I
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