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Harvey Whittemore Convicted Of Making Illegal Campaign Contributions To Harry Reid
Huffington Post ^ | 5/29/2013 | By SCOTT SONNER

Posted on 04/11/2014 1:07:54 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

RENO, Nev. — A Nevada powerbroker who headed a billion-dollar real estate company and pulled the strings of state politics as a prominent lobbyist for more than a decade was convicted Wednesday of making illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

Harvey Whittemore, 59, could face up to 15 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after a federal jury returned guilty verdicts on three counts tied to nearly $150,000 illegally funneled to Reid's re-election campaign in 2007.

Later in the day, U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks declared a mistrial on a count of lying to the FBI after jurors said they were deadlocked on that charge.

Whittemore stood with his arms behind his back and shook his head slightly after the verdicts were read. He was convicted of making excessive campaign contributions, making contributions in the name of another and causing a false statement to be made to the Federal Election Commission.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The judge set sentencing for Sept. 23.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre said prosecutors will review the case before deciding whether to refile the charge of lying to the FBI during a February 2012 interview.

Dominic Gentile, Whittemore's lead defense counsel, said the convictions will be appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals. He said a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court touches on similar issues related to the constitutionality of federal limits on campaign contributions.

Among other things, Gentile said the defense will challenge Hicks' refusal to allow the defense to reference an Alabama case against the Federal Election Commission.

"His conduct was protected by the First Amendment," Gentile told reporters at a news...

(Excerpt) Read more at huffingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: 113th; blm; bundy; bundyranch; coincidence; corruptdems; corruption; donors; elections; harryreid; harveywhittemore; nevada; reid; surprise
"It's about trying to be on the short list that senators and congressmen call when they need money," he said. "That's why he did it."
1 posted on 04/11/2014 1:07:54 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Everybody on the inside of the beltway is married to everybody else on the inside of the beltway. Sorry to say, only one way to truly clean out the toilet bowl that is DC.


2 posted on 04/11/2014 1:10:25 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Jim Robinson

I thought Neil Kornze (also a Reid associate) was now head of the BLM?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2014/04/08/senate-confirms-neil-kornze-as-blm-director/


3 posted on 04/11/2014 1:11:10 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: Jim Robinson

And IF (big IF) The Bundy’s were desperately trying to call their Senator for help against the Gestapo tactics of the BLM...

At best their calls were being ignored and unsanswer. Likely that Dingy Harry told them to ESAD.


4 posted on 04/11/2014 1:11:55 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Jim Robinson
The Director of the BLM (recently appointed) is Neil Kornze.

Neil Kornze was an aide to Dingy Reed as recently as three years ago before Reed placed him in the BLM and then helped him rise to the top within three years.

Talk about cronyism. Is there any doubt that Dingy is pulling the strings about how the current dust-up in Clark County (Las Vegas is the County Seat) is going down?

5 posted on 04/11/2014 1:12:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

oops, my error. Sorry. Got my unindicted Reid/bribe co-conspirators confused.


6 posted on 04/11/2014 1:14:34 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Easy to do. You can’t tell them apart without a scorecard anymore.


7 posted on 04/11/2014 1:16:15 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: Paladin2

Yup. From the NYT:

“Mr. Kornze, 31, is a senior policy adviser on natural resources, on subjects like forestry and mining, to Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader. He graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. He received a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. He is also the stepson of Robin Lampson.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/fashion/weddings/09GASSMANN.html?_r=0


8 posted on 04/11/2014 1:18:58 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Why isn’t the headline Harry Reid GUILTY of accepting illegal campaign contributions?


9 posted on 04/11/2014 1:19:15 PM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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To: lurk

The senator how took it should have the same penalty.


10 posted on 04/11/2014 1:21:21 PM PDT by edcoil (Not a single republican was ever a slave owner. They were all democrats.)
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To: lurk


It helps to remember that the Clinton-Bush coziness goes back to the days of Iran-Contra, when Papa Bush was supervising covert arms shipments to Latin America out of Arkansas (with drugs making the return trip) and Governor Clinton was busy looking the other way. Further, as was clear during abortive Republican investigations into various Clinton scandals, in the culture of impunity of Washington, politics stops at corruption's edge. Almost all major corruption is either bipartisan or common enough that one side can effectively blackmail the other.



11 posted on 04/11/2014 1:26:38 PM PDT by glock rocks (If you like your health plan, you're a racist !)
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To: Jim Robinson

And yet, Harry Reid has not been charged, much less convicted, for soliciting illegal campaign contributions from Harvey Whittemore.

Isn’t the two party system GRAND?


12 posted on 04/11/2014 1:41:03 PM PDT by WayneS (Help Control Politician Overpopulation - Spay or Neuter Your Senator or Congressman Today!)
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To: Jim Robinson

So, Reid took the funds, and many like this from others. Reid is now involved with a Chinese (Outsourcing) company to build a huge solar farm on the land that Bundy is grazing his cattle on. Environmentalists want to save the turtles and stop the cattle from grazing. But most of the turtles will be killed during the construction of the solar farm. Reid is using Federal Law enforcement to possibly kill Bundy to move forward with the Foreign Corporations Land grab. Did I miss anything? Should OWS be out there with Bundy stopping the 1%rs from raping the land? Where is the ACLU, as Bundy’s civil rights are being violated? It seems Harry Reid is nothing but a lying Corporate Whore.


13 posted on 04/11/2014 1:43:03 PM PDT by realcleanguy
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To: WayneS

“And yet, Harry Reid has not been charged, much less convicted, for soliciting illegal campaign contributions from Harvey Whittemore.”

Probably returned {cough, cough} the money after the jig was up so it’s all OK. Hey, I wonder if that will work for Leland Yee?


14 posted on 04/11/2014 1:49:29 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: lurk

A Nevada powerbroker who headed a billion-dollar real estate company and pulled the strings of state politics as a prominent lobbyist for more than a decade was convicted Wednesday of making illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

Reid seem to friends with a lot of crooks.

Oh wait, reid, crooks - never mind.


15 posted on 04/11/2014 1:58:07 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: realcleanguy
"So, Reid took the funds, and many like this from others. Reid is now involved with a Chinese (Outsourcing) company to build a huge solar farm on the land that Bundy is grazing his cattle on. Environmentalists want to save the turtles and stop the cattle from grazing. But most of the turtles will be killed during the construction of the solar farm. "

Close.

A solar project has been built nearby but impacted the site's environment.

As an environmental impact offset (like buying CO2 credits from al Gore) , the BLM has decided it needs to get the cattle off of a nearby huge tract of land (600,000 acres) that largely incorporates the BLM land that Bundy has been using for grazing.

Hence the need to drive Bundy's cattle off the Gov't land.

The fact that Bundy has been at loggersheads with the BLM for 20 years makes their land use grab easier.

16 posted on 04/11/2014 1:58:56 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Jim Robinson

So when is that senile old mangy mutt Reid going to give back the illegal contributions....?


17 posted on 04/11/2014 2:01:30 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: lurk

So when does Harry Reid go jail for taking the bribe?!


18 posted on 04/11/2014 2:11:08 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: minnesota_bound

Maybe Sept 23?

+ - - - Each count carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The judge set sentencing for Sept. 23. - - -”


19 posted on 04/11/2014 2:26:37 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Jim Robinson

RICO, RICO, RICO.


20 posted on 04/11/2014 4:17:30 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: WayneS
Isn’t the two party system GRAND?

All you need to know is...

THE ELITE ALWAYS PROTECT THEMSELVES!

21 posted on 04/11/2014 5:30:00 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: All

Reid should be tried as well. Any politician who truly doesn’t know where the contributions are coming from should be charged with corruption.

As for this case? The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals tells me I won’t hold my breath.


22 posted on 04/11/2014 7:11:37 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: Paladin2

EVERYBODY knows what’s going on. Yet not one politician will call it what it is. If there was justice in this country everyone of Reid’s phones and all the phones of his family would be bugged by the justice department or, at least, the Clark County DA.


23 posted on 04/11/2014 7:13:49 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: glock rocks

It makes me sick every time I see old man Bush and Clinton yucking it up. I know in my heart they’re laughing at us. They probably sit around and talk about the old days when they were all hauling in the bucks and making plans to put Bill and W in the white house.


24 posted on 04/11/2014 7:15:45 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: VerySadAmerican

Well, maybe we should start calling him Dingy Koch.


25 posted on 04/11/2014 7:16:55 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Oh, wouldn’t it be nice to see a lot of heads on pikes.


26 posted on 04/11/2014 7:17:05 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: VerySadAmerican
"Oh, wouldn’t it be nice to see a lot of heads on pikes."

Sometimes. Usually that stuff gets out of hand.

I'd be in favor of a virtual equivalent.

27 posted on 04/11/2014 7:20:08 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks JimRob.


28 posted on 04/11/2014 8:12:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Jim Robinson

You’re on a roll tonight Mr Robinson!!!

Just think..... This is only what we know about. I can’t help but to wonder what this asshole has done that has yet to be found out.

Straight from OUR wallets to HIS.....

No dammed wonder why he wants to raise taxes on us all. He probably views tax increases as a potential pay raise!

He’s so brazen about it too. He doesn’t even BOTHER to avoid the appearance of impropriety. He just does whatever he wants, knowing full well that he’ll get a total pass by the legacy media. If the Republicans win the Senate this year, the dems will probably then throw his ass overboard since he would have outlived his ‘usefulness’ to them.


29 posted on 04/11/2014 9:45:56 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: VerySadAmerican

... don’t forget Jeb ...


30 posted on 04/12/2014 12:40:30 AM PDT by glock rocks (If you like your health plan, you're a racist !)
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To: lurk

“Everybody on the inside of the beltway is married to everybody else on the inside of the beltway. Sorry to say, only one way to truly clean out the toilet bowl that is DC.”

It has been that way for decades, and it goes out of the beltway to the Virginia and Maryland communities where the paycheck comes directly or indirectly from the Feds.


31 posted on 04/12/2014 10:57:52 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama cannot divert resources from his war on Americans!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Nevadans need to never elect Reid to anything ever again, not even dog catcher.

And Harry needs to get suited up for prison for the rest of his life.

Which prosecutorial team wants to make a name for themselves ?

If the wonderful citizen researchers keep digging up dirt on old Harry, that should force the issue, IMHO.

While we’re at it - let’s clean out the Senate, starting with the worst crooks.

Just like those thousands showed up at the Bundy ranch, citizens can force this issue.


32 posted on 04/13/2014 8:55:32 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Yep...

Funny how all this stuff dovetails together...


33 posted on 04/15/2014 8:43:58 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
LOL....someone should market that....a game board with all of Dingy's Shady Deals and Co-conspirators! Here's a cover pic for it...


34 posted on 04/15/2014 8:47:48 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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