Gavin Glakas, a former staffer for Reid, painted the portrait that will remain in the Capitol. On April 19, 2016, a $7,000 check for a “portrait” was cut to Glakas from Friends for Harry Reid, the campaign committee for the former senator.
The Washington Free Beacon first noticed the disbursement last August and reached out to Glakas and Reid’s office seeking an explanation of the disbursement. Neither returned a request for comment at the time.
Reid is not the first politician to use campaign or political action committee funds to pay for a self-portrait. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D., NY.) paid $64,500 for a self-portrait and custom frame using money from his leadership PAC in 2007.
YET ANOTHER REASON FOR TERM LIMITS!!