Federal Court Upholds Harry Reid Donor’s Campaign Finance Conviction

AP

A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of a high-dollar donor to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) who illegally funneled tens of thousands of dollars to his campaign.

Former Nevada lobbyist Harvey Whittemore attempted to circumvent campaign finance limits by laundering contributions to Reid under others’ names, the Associated Press reports.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected F. Harvey Whittemore's contention that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to convict him.

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Prosecutors say Whittemore promised to raise money for Reid in 2007 and distributed $145,000 to 17 relatives and employees, each of whom then made the maximum contribution of $4,600 to Reid's campaign.

Whittemore was convicted of making excessive campaign contributions and making contributions in the name of another. He was sentenced to two years in prison.