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Searchlight Lands on Sen. Harry Reid

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A federal agency is trying to shine some light on over $16,000 a Senator's campaign committee paid to the Senator's granddaughter.  

The Federal Election Commission has sent a Request For Additional Information  (RFAI) to the campaign committee of Sen. Harry Reid , D-Nev., the Senate Majority Leader, seeking a more detailed description of the disbursements reported as "holiday gifts." The committee, Friends for Harry Reid, reported they were purchased from "Ryan Elisabeth," a jewelry vendor in Berkeley, California. Jon Ralston, of Ralston Reports, discovered her full name is Ryan Elisabeth Reid, Sen. Reid's granddaughter.  

Ralston reported  a committee spokesperson stated the committee bought the jewelry as holiday gifts to give to donors and supporters.  

Yesterday, Ralston reported Reid will reimburse the campaign. "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."  

Sen. Reid was born in Searchlight, Nevada.