Harvey Whittemore Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Ex-Nevada power broker Harvey Whittemore has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for funneling more than $130,000 in illegal campaign funds to Sen. Harry Reid's re-election committee in 2007.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry Hicks also ordered Whittemore on Monday to pay $100,000 in fines for his three felony convictions.

Prosecutors said Whittemore gave money to family members and employees in 2007 to make contributions he had promised to Reid while concealing himself as the true source to skirt campaign finance laws.

Prosecutors wanted the judge to send Whittemore to prison for more than four years.

Whittemore's lawyers argued he should have been spared prison time based partly on his history of extraordinary charitable giving.

Reid was not accused of any wrongdoing. He has said he was unaware of any potential problems with the money he received.