September 1, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to order ex-Nevada lobbyist Harvey Whittemore to begin serving his two-year prison sentence for breaking campaign finance laws now that the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a major ruling on campaign spending limits.
Whittemore's lawyers said in filings to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the high court's ruling on Wednesday bolsters the appeal of his conviction for funneling more than $130,000 to Sen. Harry Reid's campaign in 2007.
The court found unconstitutional the current limit on the total, aggregate amount of money an individual can give various candidates in an election.
But U.S. Attorney Dan Bogden said Thursday the justices upheld limits on individual contributions to individual candidates. He said that means the law Whittemore broke still stands and a date should be set for him to surrender to U.S. marshals.