Reno Gazette-Journal continuing investigation into Harvey Whittemore’s election campaign activities

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.

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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.

Whittemore’s back was ramrod straight, but he had fallen from his perch in Nevada politics — first by a civil lawsuit with explosive allegations that he had siphoned money from his business for personal use and to maintain his political standing. Now he’s under federal indictment on four felony charges that could land him in prison.


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  1. Defense attorney John Arrascada, left, with Harvey Whittemore at his side, talks to the media after Whittemore's arraignment in June. Tim Dunn/RGJ file

    Whittemore lawyers say Reid note, other evidence obtained without warrant

    Lawyers for Harvey Whittemore are seeking to suppress evidence in a federal case charging the…

    • Nov 10, 2012
  2. Defense attorney John Arrascada, left, with Harvey Whittemore at his side, talks to the media after Whittemore's arraignment in June. Tim Dunn / RGJ file

    Harvey Whittemore’s federal lawsuit delayed

    After listening to lawyers for Harvey Whittemore and his former partners trade attacks, including…

    • Aug 16, 2012
  3. Harvey Whittemore listens April 18 during the regents committee interview of candidiate finalists for the University of Nevada, Reno president position at Lawlor Events Center. Arguments over whether Whittemore's federal lawsuit against his former partners should be dismissed were postponed this morning after U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks temporarily disqualified himself from this case and the criminal case based on his connections with the former lobbyist. Andy Barron/RGJ File

    Whittemore dismissal hearing postponed; lawyers given option to seek new judge

    Arguments over whether former lobbyist Harvey Whittemore’s federal lawsuit against his former…

    • Jul 12, 2012
  4. Harvey Whittemore in an April file photo Photo by Andy Barron

    Email alleges Whittemore’s confession

    An email attached to a new lawsuit against Harvey Whittemore alleges the embattled former lobbyist…

    • Jun 27, 2012
  5. Defense attorney John Arrascada and Harvey Whittemore leave the Thompson Federal Building in Reno after Whittemore's arraignment. Tim Dunn/RGJ

    Whittemore denies all wrongdoing, pleads not guilty on 4 felony counts

    Wearing a black suit and with chains around his ankles indicating he was in federal custody, Harvey…

    • Jun 7, 2012
  6. Ex-lobbyist and fallen power broker Harvey Whittemore is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court today on four felony charges related to campaign contributions made to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2007. Andy Barron / RGJ file

    Indicted ex-lobbyist Harvey Whittemore to be arraigned today on four federal felony charges

    Ex-lobbyist and fallen power broker Harvey Whittemore is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court…

    • Jun 7, 2012
  7. Ray Hagar

    Blog: Whittemore now like Kryptonite; Once he was king, helping a lot of people

    I’ve never seen a man lose influence and friends faster than developer/former lobbyist Harvey…

    • Jun 7, 2012
  8. Harvey Whittemore RGJ File

    Former Nevada lobbyist Harvey Whittemore charged with violating federal campaign finance laws; lying to FBI

    Former lobbyist and political fundraiser Harvey Whittemore was indicted Wednesday for allegedly…

    • Jun 7, 2012
  9. Whittemore, now abandoned by politicians, suffers steep fall from grace

    The indictment of Reno lawyer, developer and former lobbyist Harvey Whittemore on federal…

    • Jun 6, 2012
  10. Harvey Whittemore on April 18. Andy Barron/RGJ File

    Judge: Harvey Whittemore has to face a jury and arbitration in lawsuit

    Attempts by embattled ex-lobbyist Harvey Whittemore and his former star employee to move a…

    • Jun 5, 2012
  11. Harvey Whittemore listens April 18 during a committee interview of finalist candidiates for the University of Nevada, Reno president position at Lawlor Events Center. Andy Barron/RGJ

    RGJ analysis: Lobbyist Whittemore linked to 400K in donations

    A Reno Gazette-Journal investigation into Harvey Whittemore’s election campaign activities in…

    • Jun 2, 2012
  12. Seeno Homes sales manager indicted on federal felony fraud charges

    A federal grand jury has indicted a sales manager for Seeno Homes, the company owned by the…

    • May 24, 2012
  13. Harvey Whittemore, former business partners continue legal squabbles

    Harvey Whittemore and the Seenos continue their legal battles in court.

    • May 21, 2012
  14. Harvey Whittemore Lisa J. Tolda/RGJ

    Harry Reid among Nevada officials holding on to Whittemore-related money

    Members of Nevada’s congressional delegation and one candidate quickly announced that they would…

    • Apr 21, 2012
  15. Police report on Harvey Whittemore statement differs from lawsuit claims of death threats

    The story that embattled lobbyist Harvey Whittemore told a police detective about his former…

    • Mar 6, 2012
  16. Federal grand jury in Reno hears testimony in probe into Harvey Whittemore campaign contributions

    At least two of the witnesses who appeared Wednesday before a federal grand jury hearing testimony…

    • Feb 29, 2012
  17. Whittemore Peterson Institute seek millions in damages from fired researcher

    Now that a judge has ruled in favor of the Whittemore Peterson Institute in a civil case against a…

    • Feb 28, 2012
  18. Harvey Whittemore RGJ file

    Whittemore case leaves void

    For decades, Harvey Whittemore was considered one of Nevada’s key political fundraisers, thanks to…

    • Feb 28, 2012
  19. Albert Seeno Jr. talks about his buisness and the history he has with Harvy Whitamore in his Seeno Homes Office Wednesday in Concord, Calif. Liz Margerum/RGJ

    Sales manager for Seenos arrested on fraud charges

    A sales manager for the Seenos — the Northern California family fighting a legal battle with…

    • Feb 16, 2012
  20. U.S. Senator Dean Heller holds a press conference during his tour of the FAA traffic control tower at the Reno-Tahoe Airport on Jan. 3, 2011. Andy Barron/RGJ

    Elected officials get rid of Whittemore contributions

    U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and former U.S. Rep.

    • Feb 14, 2012
  21. Whittemore, Seeno lawsuits’ impact may ripple through Nevada gaming, politics

    Some might say it’s just a legal battle between rich, powerful men.

    • Feb 12, 2012
  22. Interactive timeline on Seeno, Whittemore lawsuits

    Interactive Timeline

    • Feb 12, 2012
  23. Harvey Whittemore looks toward the Coyote Springs development site from a deserted section of old U.S. 93 on May 16, 2006. The 43,000-acre, master-planned golf community at the junction of U.S. 93 and Nevada 168 could have 159,000 homes (including apartments and condos) and 16 golf courses when complete. The development was proposed about 55 miles north of Las Vegas. Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun file

    Wit and work made lobbyist, Harvey Whittemore, ‘an institution’

    Sporting his signature goatee and easy smile, Harvey Whittemore schmoozed, bullied and sweet-talked…

    • Feb 12, 2012
  24. Albert Seeno Jr. talks in front of construction-related memorabilia in his office at Seeno Homes on Wednesday in Concord, Calif. Liz Margerum/RGJ

    Seeno construction family made mark in Reno

    Every wall, shelf and cabinet in Albert Seeno Jr.’

    • Feb 12, 2012
  25. Annette and Harvey Whittemore. Lisa J. Tolda/RGJ file

    Lobbyist Harvey Whittemore strikes back at former business partners

    Nevada lobbyist, developer and lawyer Harvey Whittemore shot back Wednesday at his former business…

    • Mar 14, 2012
  26. Annette and Harvey Whittemore. Handout

    Suit claims Wingfield developer Whittemore embezzled millions

    The former business partners of Harvey Whittemore — a well-known Nevada lobbyist, land developer,…

    • Mar 14, 2012

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