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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to reporters after the weekly Democratic caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to reporters after the weekly Democratic caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst  

Reid will repay campaign for holiday gifts

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will refund his campaign committee $16,000 for the purchase of “holiday gifts” from his granddaughter’s jewelry company.

“I thought it would be nice to give supporters and staff thank-you gifts that had a personal connection and a Searchlight connection, but I have decided to reimburse the campaign for the amount of the expenditure,” Reid said in a statement, Politico reported.

In October, the campaign paid just over $16,000 to Ryan Elisabeth for “holiday gifts,” which the campaign said were given to donors and supporters. Ryan Elisabeth is the jewelry company of Ryan Elisabeth Reid, the granddaughter of the Senate majority leader.

The expenditure was flagged by the Federal Election Commission, which requested in a letter that the campaign clarify the purpose of the expense. The letter, as well as Reid’s connection to the vendor, was first reported by Ralston Reports.

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