Harry Reid Donor Convicted of Illegal Contributions

Image: Harry Reid Donor Convicted of Illegal Contributions Attorney and businessman Harvey Whittemore, sitting with his wife Annette, jokes with his lead defense attorney, Dominic Gentile, at a news conference in Reno, Nev. on May 29.

Thursday, 30 May 2013 11:30 AM

By Courtney Coren

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A major donor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was convicted in federal court Wednesday of making illegal campaign contributions in 2007, but Reid was not implicated in the case.

A federal jury in Reno, Nev., found developer Harvey Whittemore guilty on three counts of making campaign contributions in the name of someone else and causing a false statement to be made to the Federal Election Commission, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a fourth charge of lying to the FBI.

The case involved the illegal funneling of $150,000 to Reid's 2007 re-election campaign through Whittemore family members and employees at a real-estate development company where he worked. According to testimony in the case, employees were asked to contribute to the majority leader's re-election effort and then Whittemore reimbursed them for their contributions.

Whittemore remains free on his own personal recognizance until his sentencing Sept. 23, when he could face up to 15 years in prison and as much as $750,000 in fines.

The Journal reported that Reid's office did not respond to a request for comment.

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