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Harvey Whittemore gonna take it up the butt

Harvey Whittemore gonna take it up the butt?

U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks

U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks

This motherfucker needs to go to prison along with most of the corrupt Nevada politicians like his ass licking buddy Harry Reid, judges, DA’s and other assholes committing treason, bribery and other heinous corruption.

From the RGJ:

When U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks decides the punishment for fallen power broker Harvey Whittemore on Monday, he’ll weigh Whittemore’s decades of work at the community and state level with the impact that illegal campaign contributions have on degrading the public’s trust of politics, experts said.

Las Vegas political consultant Sig Rogich said the four-year sentence recommended by the federal prosecutor does not fit the crime and fails to recognize Whittemore’s lifelong commitment to charitable work and community service.harvey whittemore lube

But others, including a probation officer and federal prosecutor, said Whittemore was a wealthy, well-connected and intelligent businessman who manipulated his employees and the system to try to hold onto his political power. They said a prison term would send the message that money does not rule the political landscape in Nevada.

At the end of a three-week trial in May, a federal jury found Whittemore guilty on two counts of making illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2007 and one count of causing Reid to file a false contribution report. The jury deadlocked on a fourth — lying to FBI agents. Prosecutors did not refile that charge.

Federal prosecutors and a federal probation officer recommended a 51-month prison sentence and a $133,400 fine for the 61-year-old former lobbyist and land developer, saying Whittemore’s actions were “conceived in greed, arrogance and the lust for power.”

His crime “affected the voting public at large and struck at the heart of the election process,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Myhre said in his sentencing statement. Whittemore deserves “a period of incarceration as a means to promote respect for the law and to deter future abuses by other individuals seeking improperly to influence the electoral process.”

Whittemore’s lawyers argued their client’s support of charities and volunteer activities, his upstanding character, his commitment to his family and his integrity should make him eligible for probation, a fine and community service — not prison.

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NOTE: We think Harvey and all the other assholes like him need to be in prison for life.The only way to cut out and kill the corruption is to lock these people up, or hang them for high treason. Nevada WATCHDOG.
By JANE ANN MORRISON LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

A federal parole officer has recommended that lobbyist Harvey Whittemore be sentenced to 51 months in prison.

Unbelievable.harvey whittemore lube

That’s one month longer than former Clark County Commissioner Dario Herrera received. Herrera took at least $60,000 in bribes, lied on the witness stand and did other nasty things as well.

I can’t believe U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks of Reno, the trial judge in both cases, will follow the recommendation from Wendy Beckner, a Las Vegas probation officer.

Hicks can’t possibly equate campaign contributions violations by Whittemore with overt corruption by Herrera, who sought not only cash from a strip club owner in exchange for his votes, but was willing to trade his votes for sexual favors.

The 51-month recommendation is not yet officially public, but I trust my source.

Whittemore, a prominent Reno lawyer and lobbyist before he decided to become a Southern Nevada land developer, was found guilty of funnelling $138,000 in campaign contributions through 29 people — family, employees and their spouses — to fulfill a commitment he made to raise $150,000 for U.S.Sen. Harry Reid’s 2008 campaign. In 2007, when Whittemore did it, conduit contributions were a crime.

Image written with Ambient Design LTD Goblin application toolkit.But in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized any amount of corporate contributions to political action committees. So today, Whittemore could just write a $150,000 check on one of his companies to a PAC, and that would be legal. No need to go through the charade of having others donate.

Whittemore faces a potential of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of three counts — making unlawful campaign contributions to Reid, making contributions in the name of others and causing a false statement to be made to the Federal Election Commission.

  • Synduatic 5 years ago

    I am related to Harvey Whittemore and know that he does not use his influence to harm or disenfranchise anybody. Instead of attempting to blame Harvey for some of Nevada’s political mishaps by categorizing him as “above the law”, you should look to the state legislators for direction and accountability as they are the group that is responsible for holding people like Harvey Whittemore accountable.

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    phazon25811 5 years ago

    A lot of corruption goes on in Nevada, and Harry Reid stands alongside Harvey Whittemore. Harvey Whittemore, who takes part in more than 100 Nevada Corporations (making him legally untouchable), is a part of the Lionel Sawyer & Collins law firm, the biggest and most powerful in the state of Nevada, having lobbyist in Carson City, is really untouchable. Both of them are legally above the law for what they have done and continue to do in Nevada. Shame on both of them.

Let’s compare that to what developer Jim Rhodes received for doing the same thing, albeit with smaller sums. Rhodes in 2002 used 14 of his employees to donate $27,000 to the above-mentioned bad guy Herrera, and another $10,000 to Reid. His evil deed was handled civilly, and he settled by paying a $159,000 fine to the FEC.

Ramon DeSage and his company, Cadeau Express, pleaded guilty to using five people to funnel $5,000 to presidential contender Robert Dole in 1996. He and his company paid $205,000 in criminal and civil penalties. He served no time. (This year, DeSage has been charged with defrauding investors out of $190 million and evading $31 million in taxes.)

Ray Novell pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors for arranging for $10,000 in illegal conduit contributions to Dole’s campaign. He and DeLuca Liquor and Wine paid a total of $160,000 in criminal and civil fines for reimbursing the donors, employees and spouses.

Recent sentences in other jurisdictions for conduit contributions have involved larger sums and drew tougher sentences.

A Virginia man who funneled $186,600 to the Obama campaign was sentenced to 28 months and fined $50,000.

Washington lobbyist Paul Magliocchetti made more than $386,000 in conduit contributions to various campaigns over six years. His crimes were described as one of the largest conduit frauds in history. His sentence was 27 months and a $75,000 fine.

Magliocchetti’s illegal contributions were nearly three times that of Whittemore’s, yet he was sentenced to half the time now being sought for Whittemore, a recomendation the judge is not obliged to follow.

How can Whittemore’s crime equal that of Herrera’s, who violated the public’s trust?

I’ve seen Judge Hicks in action and trust his common sense when he sentences Whittemore on Sept. 23. Hicks is not bound by the probation officer’s recommendation or even by what the prosecutors argue for. Judges have flexibility.

But a 51-month prison sentence for Whittemore is over the top.

Jane Ann Morrison’s column appears Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Email her at Jane@reviewjournal.com or call her at (702) 383-0275.

This article was published on 08.29.13.

The RN&R ran this story on March 3, 2005, when Harvey Whittemore was still at the top of the heap: www.newsreview.com/reno/public-power-private-man/content?oid=24231.

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My 10-year-old daughter ran across the parking lot breathless with excitement, waving a hundred dollar bill. Our Girl Scout Troop was selling cookies, and she couldn’t wait to tell me that a man gave them the money but didn’t want the cookies. I was suspicious, of course, and walked with her to the cookie station where another mother told me it was true. Harvey Whittemore just wanted to anonymously support the girls, and graciously peeled off a C-note, declining the goods.

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Whittemore before

This was my first exposure to the grand persona of Harvey Whittemore.

Fast forward 17 years to a disgraced Whittemore, found guilty of three felonies, awaiting sentencing in September. In those intervening years, I had lots of interaction with Harvey, the famous one-name lobbyist, representing Nevada’s most powerful special interests. As a legislator, I sometimes voted against him, but also gratefully accepted his help in getting my agenda through a cranky and recalcitrant state Senate where term limits hadn’t yet taken effect.

The facts of the crime, making excessive campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid, are

Whittemore after

Whittemore after

fairly straightforward, leading a reasonable person to the conclusion that Harvey did indeed break the law. He clearly influenced family, friends and co-workers to donate the maximum to Sen. Reid’s re-election campaign, and then reimbursed them through “gifts” which often exceeded the amount donated to the campaign. Harvey truly is a generous man.

Yes, Harvey was wrong to break the campaign laws. But his illegal actions pale in comparison with the legal bribery and abuse of the system that goes on all around us every day.

But despite the ugly set of facts, it’s hard to work up any outrage over Harvey’s crime, when corporations and political action committees brazenly do much worse, albeit legally. Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have opened corporate coffers since the Court ruled that campaign contributions are protected free speech, and therefore immune to restrictions, removing any semblance of fairness or transparency from the process.

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Whittemore bribed Pinky

Harvey’s crime was thinking he could go a step further and make straw-man contributions, clearly against the law, calculating his actions would probably go unnoticed by a system that does little to regulate itself. He might have succeeded except for a separate lawsuit by his business partners who pointed the FBI in the right direction.

A smart lawyer, always looking to problem-solve a solution that satisfied everyone, could easily have hidden his contributions through legal means. Instead, Harvey got too comfortable with his wealth and influence, perhaps thinking no one would notice or care.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Myhre told the Reno Gazette-Journal his office was happy with the convictions, helpfully explaining that “these laws exist to protect the election process from undue influence and provide transparency to the voting public.” Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman told reporters the conviction demonstrates the U.S. Justice Department is determined to prosecute people “who use illegal tricks to corrupt our democratic process. … The cornerstones of our campaign finance laws are contribution limits and transparency, and Mr. Whittemore’s crime was designed to undermine both.”

Neither mentioned the corrupting influence of political action committees that don’t have to disclose their donors or corporations that “bundle” their contributions to exceed the limits. These maneuvers are legal, but hardly less corrupting than Harvey’s crime.

Ironically, this case may open the way for unlimited contributions by individuals as it is expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Dominic Gentile, Harvey’s lawyer, says the case is far from over. “The U.S. Supreme Court has before it right now the precise issues that were raised by us pretrial, dealing with whether any limits on how much any individual can contribute to a campaign or to a person running for office are unconstitutional.”

Yes, Harvey was wrong to break the campaign laws. But his illegal actions pale in comparison with the legal bribery and abuse of the system that goes on all around us every day.

Harvey Whittemore guilty of three counts for illegal campaign contributions

A federal court jury in Reno has found Harvey Whittemore guilty of three counts of making illegal campaign contributions. They will resume deliberations on a charge the lobbyist and developer lied to the FBI.

 

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Harvey Whittemore, left, and U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., The jury began deliberating Tuesday afternoon in Whittemore’s trial on allegations of illegal campaign contributions. He is accused of unlawfully funneling $133,000 in contributions to Reid.

Reno Gazette-Journal is continuing the investigation into Harvey Whittemore’s election campaign activities with the RGJ Special Report.

F. Harvey Whittemore (born 17 August 1952) is an American lawyer and businessman in the Reno, Nevada, area.[1] As an influential lobbyist[2] for the gambling, alcohol and tobacco industries, and for his own ventures,[3][4] Whittemore has been called “one of Nevada’s most powerful men”.[1] Whittemore was the president of Coyote Springs Investment, LLC, the land-development company behind Coyote Springs, a controversial[5][6] $30 billion planned golf course community of 160,000 homes on 43,000 acres (170 km2) in the rural Nevada desert.[7][8] Whittemore’s close relationship with Senator Harry Reid came under scrutiny because of perceived legislative and political pressure favors allowing Coyote Springs to overcome regulatory problems.[9][10] In 2012, Whittemore came under grand jury investigation, initiated by the Federal Election Commission, to determine whether he was guilty of breaking federal campaign contribution laws.

We will follow this story and link to news and websites to tell this epic story of Nevada corruption & bribery. This  scandal encompasses the top political figures in Nevada politics including Harry Reid.

Keep coming back as this section grows.

Harvey Whittemore once bounded through Nevada’s Legislature as the embodiment of influence — a lobbyist for casinos and other powerful interests, a lawyer, a gregarious personality and sharp mind. He also was a lucrative campaign contributor for elected officials, which helped open doors.

Whittemore pushed boundaries — one time seeking legislation to allow a private pier to be built at Lake Tahoe for himself and his friends. Sometimes his overreach was literal.

In the 1990s, when the Legislature installed tall glass walls in the Assembly and Senate chambers to separate lawmakers from the public gallery, they became known as “Harvey’s Walls” since they stopped his habit of reaching into the chambers before votes on bills.

On Thursday, Whittemore, in a dark suit and shackles around his ankles, entered a Reno courtroom to offer his not-guilty plea on federal charges of campaign finance law violations and lying to investigators.
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