Jury Still Out on Reid Donor
Posted at 9:20 a.m. on May 29, 2013
The Carson City, Nev., jury continues to deliberate today in the trial of Harvey Whittemore, a former lobbyist and real estate investor, who is alleged to have schemed to use straw donors to contribute to the senatorial campaign of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Jury deliberations started yesterday and continue today. In 2007, Whittemore allegedly collected and caused his company employee to send $138,000 to the Friends of Harry Reid campaign committee, and then Whittemore reimbursed the 29 straw donors, including his relatives, spouses and employees.
Whittemore is charged with one count of making excessive campaign contributions, one count of making contributions in the name of others, and two counts of making a false statement to a federal agency. View Department of Justice release.
UPDATE 5/29PM: The federal jury reached a unanimous guilty verdict on all counts except the one count of making a false statement to the FBI. The jury deadlocked on that count.