Former Nevada powerbroker guilty in contribution case
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A former Nevada powerbroker has been convicted of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid.
A federal jury reached its verdict Wednesday in the case against real estate developer and once powerful lobbyist Harvey Whittemore.
The federal jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on charges 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.
The jury was deadlocked on a fourth charge of making a false statement to the FBI.
Prosecutors say 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 and did not testify during the trial.