Sen. Harry Reid’s Fundraiser Gets 2 Years in Prison
Posted at 2:23 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2013
A Nevada lawyer and lobbyist who was a fundraiser for the 2010 re-election campaign of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has been sentenced to two years in prison for making illegal contributions in 2007 to Reid’s campaign.
Harvey Whittemore was sentenced by a federal judge in Nevada this week, and his lawyers have appealed the case to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. He was sentenced to two years in prison, plus two years of supervised release, required to perform 100 hours of community service, and fined $100,000.
Whittemore was found guilty in May of one count of making excessive contributions, one count of making contributions in the names of others and one count of causing Reid’s campaign to file a false report to the Federal Election Commission.
In February 2007, Whittemore had met with Sen. Harry Reid and agreed to try and collect $150,000 in contributions March 31, 2007.
In 2007, Whittemore, a lobbyist for gaming and tobacco interests, collected and gave $138,000 to the Friends of Harry Reid campaign committee. Whittemore then reimbursed the 29 straw donors, including employees, relatives and some spouses.
In 2007, F. Harvey Whittemore was an attorney at Lionel Sawyer & Collins.
Last year Reid’s campaign stated it had given some of the Whittemore funds to charity or sent them to the U.S. Treasury. A Reid spokesperson stated, “The Whittemore family gave money to local, state and federal officials over many years. At no time did Senator Reid have any knowledge that Mr. Whittemore was engaging in these alleged unlawful contributions to Senator Reid or any elected official.”
View background on the matter in Department of Justice press release of the June indictment.