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February 14, 2016

Harry Reid Disgorges $10,000 to Mormon Church

It goes against the grain of most candidates to give any contributions back, but a U.S. Senator, whose 2007 fundraiser was just sentenced to two years in prison for campaign finance violations, has given away $10,000 to the Mormon church.

The Searchlight Leadership Fund, the leadership PAC of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate Majority Leader, has just reported it had given $10,000 on 8/5 to the Church of Latter Day Saints.

It is not clear if this donation was meant to disgorge funds from Harvey Whittemore, his 2007 fundraiser. Whittemore was found guilty in May of making excessive contributions, making contributions in the names of others, and causing a false report to be filed with Federal Election Commission. He was sentenced last week to two years in prison, but his lawyers are appealing the case. View our earlier posting.

A spokesperson for Sen. Reid’s campaign said last year it had given some of the Whittemore contributions to the U.S. Treasury or charity.

The third quarter report of the Searchlight Leadership Fund also reported giving $40,000 to federal candidates. Senate candidate Cory Booker, D-N.J. was given $10,000. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., was given $10,000. House candidate Erin Bilbray, D-Nev., was given $10,000. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, D- Ga., was given $5,000. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Ky., was given $5,000.

The committee also paid $10,022 during the quarter to Perkins Coie LLP for legal and accounting services.

To search detailed money-in-politics databases, visit Political MoneyLine.

  • Therese Sisi

    Harry Reid has been building religious Institutions involved in questionable child abuse law suits and sex convictions case his law firm supports. Yes in Las Vegas for several years now using Appropriations taxes under false claims use in which he is aware of the misuse. This in part assures him donations kickbacks and promised votes.

  • bytebear

    * Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (not Church of Latter Day Saints).

    And if Reid is a faithful Mormon, he would be giving 10% tithes which would exceed $10,000 annually, assuming he makes more than $100k.

  • Lc Goodfellow

    Don’t assume. His land deals on ” bridges ” over a western river are going to bring in $100.’s of millions to this shortmenanist.
    This is the little man who created this Monster that we have today.
    ” Right, herr doctor ? “

  • seangates

    Your correction of the church’s name is right.

    Your assumption that this is about tithing is incorrect. It was is PAC that was giving the money to the church.

  • Guest

    Prove it.

  • seangates

    “The Searchlight Leadership Fund, the leadership PAC of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate Majority Leader, has just reported it had given $10,000 on 8/5 to the Church of Latter Day Saints.”

    So, to make sure I understand your point (before I make any counter-points): Harry Reid had his PAC pay his tithing for him?

  • bytebear

    You expect me to accept your journalistic skills, and you can’t even get the name of the church right?

  • seangates

    I had nothing to do with the writing of this article. I was simply pointing out that you were correct in telling the author (Kent Cooper) that he got it wrong.

  • Kent Cooper

    We reported the name as shown in the campaign finance filing.

  • SandyLester

    Four years ago he was given an award from BYU for being a fine example of a good mormon.
    He probably claimed it as his tithes after all he has a TR.

  • SandyLester

    So you really think Reid didn’t know?

  • SandyLester


  • View From The Left

    wow are you stupid!

  • SandyLester

    What a witty retort, care to back up you opinion….go ahead use me and the previous correctly stated reply from a poster.
    Remember Reid has a TR, and has been ‘awarded’ for being a fine example of a good mormon by BYU.
    Start from that statement and demonstrate that I am stupid and the previous poster is wrong……
    1…2….3….. GO!!!!

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