Lawyer says convicted lobbyist won't go to jail
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Harvey Whittemore's lawyer says despite his client's illegal campaign fundraising conviction, the man prosecutors called "King of the Hill" in Nevada politics is a long way from prison.
Whittemore, former head of a billion dollar development company, was convicted recently of illegally sending campaign money to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid in 2007. The ex-lobbyist now faces 15 years behind bars.
However, his lawyer, Dominic Gentile, doesn't see that happening. Gentile says the U.S. Supreme Court will soon issue a ruling in a separate case that effectively will overturn Whittemore's conviction.
Whittemore was found guilty of exceeding the $4,600 limit on campaign contributions as well as using others as "straw donors" to send nearly $150,000 to Reid.