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Ethics, integrity of lobbyist touted at Nev. trial
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 24, 2013 | SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press

Posted on 05/24/2013 4:02:56 PM PDT by mdittmar

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two long-time associates of a developer and high-powered lobbyist charged with making illegal campaign contributions testified Friday that he is well known for his generosity and integrity.

State Assemblyman Ira Hansen said he and defendant Harvey Whittemore were rarely on the same side of issues when Hansen lobbied the Legislature as a citizen for more than two decades.

Still, the Sparks Republican said during the federal trial that Whittemore was considered the most prominent and successful lobbyist in Nevada because people respected his opinion.

"He's always been straight-forward," Hansen said. "He's always been very generous in our community and always well-respected for helping out numerous organizations. I always found him to be absolutely a man of integrity."

Whittemore is accused of using family, friends and employees at his real estate company to effectively launder his own contributions to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

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Hmm,first time I saw the ap report on this,thought it was just a local story.
1 posted on 05/24/2013 4:02:56 PM PDT by mdittmar
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Looks like ole Ira be a RINO at best. Maybe time for a primary opponent.


2 posted on 05/24/2013 4:59:05 PM PDT by vette6387
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