Lobbyist Indicted for Harry Reid Donations
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s campaign received tens of thousands of dollars in illegal contributions to his 2010 effort, according to the indictment Wednesday of a Nevada lobbyist.
F. Harvey Whittemore of Reno faces four felony counts in connection with the alleged scheme to funnel funds to Reid.
Reid was not accused of any wrongdoing.
The indictment says that the “vast majority” of about $138,000 in donations Whittemore delivered to Reid’s campaign in March 2007 were actually funded by the lobbyist, who allegedly reimbursed employees of his firm and their spouses for donations.
Whittemore, who has represented gambling, tobacco and land development interests, sometimes described as bonuses the reimbursements of $5,000 for $4,600 in gifts and $10,000 for $9,200 in donations.