Harry Reid and the Smear Letter
It all started when Senator Harry Reid (Dem-Nevada) known as "Dingy Harry" by Rush Limbaugh, and the U.S. Senate turned away from the business of the nation to attack and smear a private citizen. Forty-one of them signed and sent a letter demanding the "repudiation" of their inaccurate interpretation of Rush Limbaugh's comments about Jesse Al-Zaid (a.k.a. Jesse Macbeth) who lied about his service in an attempt to defraud the government for benefits available to disabled veterans. This four page letter was delivered to Mark Mays of Clear Channel Communications complete with forty-one signatures of prominent members of the Congress.
The original letters were placed on eBay and on Friday, 19 October 2007, were sold for $2,100,100 setting a new eBay record. At the close of the auction, Senator Harry Reid even pretended that the letter was somehow something "we" did, inferring he had a part allied with Rush Limbaugh in raising over $4.2 million for the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation Inc. With the exception of his trying to stop a private citizen from exercising his First Amendment Rights of Freedom of Speech, he had nothing to do with the auction. Not only did he not have anything to do with the auction, but neither he and nor any of the other forty Liberal Democrats that signed the letter have made a donation to the charity that they claim is a good cause once again proving they just do not care regardless of what they actually say.