Skip to comments.Reid Supporter Whittemore Gets 2 Years in Campaign Cash Case
Posted on 10/01/2013 9:52:29 AM PDT by oxcart
Ex-Nevada power broker Harvey Whittemore admitted he was "arrogant and naive" but insisted "I'm not greedy" before a judge sentenced him Monday to two 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 to pay $100,000 in fines for his three felony convictions and serve 100 hours community service upon his release from a yet-to-be determined prison that houses white-collar criminals.
The 61-year-old former lobbyist and wealthy developer is to surrender on his own to federal authorities on Jan. 31, 2014.
"These offenses go to the very heart of our electoral process," Hicks said.
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.
Reid has not been accused of any wrongdoing. He has said he was unaware of any potential problems with the money he received.
Whittemore insisted through his lawyers he didn't know he was breaking the law. He tearfully addressed the court for the first time directly for more than a half-hour of Monday's six-hour sentencing hearing, halting several times to compose himself, remove his glasses to wipe his tears, and at one point check on a daughter who was crying in the courtroom gallery.
"Looking back, it was arrogant and naive to believe my conduct was lawful, but I cannot change that now. As a lawyer I gave myself bad advice," Whittemore said. "I am sincerely, wholly sorry for my wrong decision and I'm here in a state of utter shame."
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"Yeah, a buffer. The family had a lot of buffers."
Cicci's testimony before Congress in "The Godfather"
Harry Reid wreaks of crime slime
Whittemore is just the tip of the Reid bribe taking iceberg. As outlined in my bio of Reid “Harry: Money Mob and Influence”
So what was this creep’s motive for illegally scrounging up $130/k for re-electing Harry (the booty) Reid? What was his payback? He didn’t raise up a large amount and then expect nothing in return. Dirty Harry knew the score — that corrupted weasel POS.
“U.S. District Court Judge Larry Hicks also ordered Whittemore to pay $100,000 in fines for his three felony convictions and serve 100 hours community service upon his release from a yet-to-be determined prison that houses white-collar criminals.”
Send the bastard to that “garden spot” State Prison out there just east of that “thriving metropolis of Lovelock!” He can bunk with OJ Simpson! From your window ( if you have a north-facing cell) you can see I-80 in the distance, but not much else. Now if we could only arrange to put Reid there too.