Rush ALSO matched the $2.1 million dollar winning bid. Out of his own money. A fact most mainstream media is ignoring, of course.
And, he didn't just choose this charity out of thin air. He is on it's Board of Directors. In other words, he's been supporting our troops through personal action long before the Democrats chose to use the power of the United States Senate to try to silence him and intimidate a media outlet (just like they did with ABC on the "Path to 9/11", using threats of government action to try to get ABC not to run the piece critical of Clinton).
Meanwhile, Senator Reid went to the floor of the Senate, where he can lie without being held accountable (protected by law for libel, subject only to the rules of the Senate which he can break with impunity as Majority leader with the Democrats in charge). There, he all but claimed credit for Rush's auction, weaving a yarn about how he and his best buddy "Mike May" discussed the issue and didn't imagine it would raise this much money:
WHEN I SPOKE TO MARK MAY HE AND I THOUGHT THIS PROBABLY WOULDN'T MAKE MUCH MONEY, A LETTER WRITTEN BY DEMOCRATIC SENATORS COMPLAINING ABOUT SOMETHING.
Of course, the man's name is Mark Mays, not "May".
Now, Rush had called on these 41 Democratic Senators do put their money where their mouths were like he did, and match the donation. Hey, I'd be happy if the 41 of them TOGETHER would match the donation, but none of them seem to care for the troops that much.
Reid, instead of offering a donation, did what Democrats often do when confronted with a need -- tried to get everybody ELSE to pay for it, while he took credit:
BUT IT CERTAINLY IS GOING TO BE MORE THAN $2 MILLION. NEVER DID WE THINK THAT THIS LETTER WOULD BRING MONEY OF THIS NATURE. AND, FOR THE CAUSE, MADAM PRESIDENT, IT IS EXTREMELY GOOD.
THERE'S ONLY A LITTLE BIT OF TIME LEFT SO I WOULD ASK THOSE THAT ARE WANTING TO DO MORE, THAT THEY CAN GO TO HARRY REID LETTER AND IT WILL COME UP ON E-BAY. I ENCOURAGE ANYONE INTERESTED WITH THE MEANS TO CONSIDER CONTRIBUTING TO THIS WORTHWHILE CAUSE
...WE SHOULD DO THAT AND TRY TO ACCOMPLISH GOOD THINGS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS DOES THAT, MADAM PRESIDENT. MORE THAN $2 MILLION FOR A LETTER SIGNED BY THIS SENATOR AND MY FRIENDS.
Note how he keeps talking about "his" letter, as if he's the one who "donated" it. And like it's HIS signature that makes it worth 2 million, rather than the audacity of his sending the letter. And how he asks HIS supporters to go give a donation (he later apparently explained that he meant to go to HIS web site and there was a pass-through donation box).
Of course, for all the nice things he said about "putting aside differences" he hasn't apologized for falsely accusing Rush of attacking our soldiers, AND his false suggestion that Rush doesn't really support all our troops (Rush has actually BEEN TO THE WAR ZONE to meet with and entertain our troops).
And why did someone bid 2.1 million for the letter? Was it because Reid and his "friends" wrote it? Here's what the buyer said:
“The Eugene B. Casey Foundation believes freedom of speech is a basic right of every citizen of this country. The purchase of the smear letter was to demonstrate their belief in this right and to support Rush Limbaugh, his views, and his continued education of us.”