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U.S. Rests Case in Whittemore Campaign Money Trial

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Federal prosecutors in Reno have rested their case against Harvey Whittemore, the former developer and lobbyist accused of making illegal campaign contributions to Harry Reid.
 
Whittemore is accused of using family, friends and employees at his real estate company to effectively launder his own contributions to the Senate majority leader. Prosecutors say he bundled together nearly $150,000 for Reid's re-election campaign in 2007 by writing checks to others, when then contributed the maximum $4,600 each to the Nevada Democrat.
 
Whittemore's lawyers say the contributions were perfectly legal. They say each individual Whittemore approached could have declined to participate, and each wrote their own personal check to the Friends of Harry Reid Committee.
 
Defense lawyers started calling their witnesses on Wednesday in the trial expected to stretch into next week.
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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com  (AP)

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