Jury Finds Whittemore Guilty in Campaign Contribution Trial

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Former Nev powerbroker convicted of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid.


RENO, Nev. (AP) - A federal jury in Reno has resumed deliberations in the case of a former Nevada political powerbroker called a greedy "ultimate insider" by prosecutors accusing him of illegally funneling nearly $150,000 in campaign money to Sen. Harry Reid.

Harvey Whittemore faces four felony counts tied to claims that he gave money to family members and employees to make contributions he had promised to Reid without revealing himself as the source in 2007.

Defense lawyers say the former Nevada developer and high-powered lobbyist is a longtime generous donor to many charitable causes. They say he broke no laws.

The six-man, six-woman jury deliberated for nearly five hours on Tuesday without reaching a verdict. The panel returned to U.S. District Court at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to continue its work.

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