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Developer guilty of illegal contributions


Comment By Bob L
05-30-2013

How much went on for Obama Election that is being covered up, there is so much that has not been brought out by a media that is in the back pocket of the Democrats, you will never know unless some one talks.
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Developer guilty of illegal contributions to Reid

Associated Press
By SCOTT SONNER | Associated Press
05-29-2013

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada powerbroker who headed a billion-dollar real estate company and pulled the strings of state politics as a prominent lobbyist for more than a decade was convicted Wednesday of making illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

Harvey Whittemore, 59, could face up to 15 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after a federal jury returned guilty verdicts on three counts tied to nearly $150,000 illegally funneled to Reid’s re-election campaign in 2007.

Later in the day, U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks declared a mistrial on a count of lying to the FBI after jurors said they were deadlocked on that charge.

Whittemore stood with his arms behind his back and shook his head slightly after the verdicts were read. He was convicted 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.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The judge set sentencing for Sept. 23.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre said prosecutors will review the case before deciding whether to refile the charge of lying to the FBI during a February 2012 interview.

Dominic Gentile, Whittemore’s lead defense counsel, said the convictions will be appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals. He said a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court touches on similar issues related to the constitutionality of federal limits on campaign contributions.

Among other things, Gentile said the defense will challenge Hicks’ refusal to allow the defense to reference an Alabama case against the Federal Election Commission.

“His conduct was protected by the First Amendment,” Gentile told reporters at a news conference with Whittemore and his wife, Annette, shortly after leaving court.

Whittemore said he would reserve immediate comment on his conviction because of the emotional toll the two-week trial has taken on his family.

“My family and I have been through quite a bit,” he said.

He said he will hold a news conference when all appeals are resolved to give the “complete and true story about who was behind this and how it got started.”

Annette Whittemore said the couple is fortunate to have such a close, “strong-willed” family to support them.

“Harvey said throughout the trial the one thing they can’t take away is our family and friends,” she said.

Prosecutors said 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.

Defense attorneys argued Whittemore broke no laws by giving $5,000 checks as gifts to family members and as gifts or bonuses to 29 employees and their spouses, who then each wrote checks for the maximum allowable $4,600 to the Senate majority leader’s campaign fund, Friends of Harry Reid.

Myrhe said he hopes the verdicts send a strong message that U.S. campaign finance violations are serious offenses that will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

“These laws exist to protect the election process from undue influence and to provide transparency to the voting public,” he told reporters outside the courthouse.

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Mythili Raman said Whittemore used “straw donors” to evade federal contribution limits.

“The cornerstones of our campaign finance laws are contribution limits and transparency, and Mr. Whittemore’s crime was designed to undermine both,” Mythili said in a statement from Washington.

Prosecutors said in closing arguments Tuesday that Whittemore had been the “king of the hill” in Nevada political circles, an insider who had worked his way onto the short list of many U.S. senators and representatives as someone to call when they needed to quickly find donors.

Whittemore once hosted an event for Sen. John Edwards, then a Democratic presidential hopeful, and a fundraiser at Reid’s request for then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. He also helped arrange a reception attended by President Clinton during an environmental summit at Lake Tahoe.

“When he made these contributions, he was the ultimate insider,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Olshan said during his closing argument. “He was making millions of dollars and getting personal thank-you notes from the most prominent politicians in the country.”

Reid had no comment on the verdicts, said Kristen Orthman, a spokeswoman for the senator.

Reid was not accused of any wrongdoing. He has said he was unaware of any potential problems with the money he received.

“I received $25 million. He raised $150,000,” Reid told the Las Vegas Sun earlier this week. “I had money coming in from other places.”

Myhre told jurors Whittemore was driven solely by greed — “not to get more money but greed in the sense of more power.”

“It’s about trying to be on the short list that senators and congressmen call when they need money,” he said. “That’s why he did it.”

Myhre said after the verdicts that he couldn’t comment on why the prosecution chose not to call Reid as a witness, or whether the case involving Whittemore has been completely closed.

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Ask Your Self, How Many In Washington DC Do This?


Comment For Tax Dodgers
08-14-2012

Pay your share of taxes like the rest of Americans, stop hiding behind Loopholes.

When it comes to the rich CUT all tax loopholes, then they have to pay their fair share of TAXES, a few years back The Government Took away Some Loopholes from regular Americans but not the RICH, does any one have any idea how this happen, or could it be that they were protecting their own INCOME to save their Loopholes.

How much does a politician cover up in tax loopholes every year when it comes to showing their taxes. People in glass houses should not throw bricks, it might come back and Bite them in the hind site, or back door, better known as their ASS.

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In Super Rich, Clues to What Might Be in Romney’s Returns

New York Times
By JAMES B. STEWART | New York Times
08-13-2012 Continue reading

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Senate will not pass a budget this year


By Here we again
Sat.02-04-2012

Democrats doing it again, refusing to set a budget just like they did when they had control before they lost control, and they still blame the Republicans for not setting a budget, how can any thing get passed if nether side want to work with each other, this is why we need to get rid of the two-party system, because they are destroying this Country with greed. Continue reading

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Colombia boosts lobbying for trade deal


By Fed Up

The Colombian government has signed two prominent lobby firms to help secure passage of its free trade agreement.…

How is going to help create jobs here in America, if you have not noticed our Government has a bad habit of selling this Countries jobs to Foreign Countries, so how many more jobs will be lost.

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The Hill

By Kevin Bogardus
05/15/11

The Colombian government has signed two prominent lobby firms to help secure passage of its long-anticipated free trade agreement with the United States.
Peck, Madigan, Jones & Stewart, Inc. has signed a four-month, $100,000 contract with Proexport Colombia, the country’s trade and tourism agency, to provide “government affairs consulting,” according to Justice Department records. The agreement is set to run from April 13 to August 12 this year.

“The main purpose would be to work towards opening the U.S. market and services to Colombia by seeking the approval of the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (‘The FTA’),” the contract states.

Five of the firm’s lobbyists have registered to represent Colombia, including Peter Madigan, once a senior aide to Secretary of State James Baker, and J. Jonathon Jones, ex-chief of staff to Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), according to Justice records.

Peck Madigan has lobbied for the Colombian government off and on since 2006.

Proexport Colombia has also hired Elmendorf | Ryan to lobby for passage of the trade deal, according to a Colombian government official.

This will be the first foreign government client for the firm, known for its ties to Democrats. Steve Elmendorf is a former senior adviser to ex-House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt (Mo.) and Jimmy Ryan once was chief counsel and floor policy director for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

The lobby firms’ contracts come as Washington gears up for passage of pending trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea this summer. Since last year’s mid-term elections, President Obama has announced plans to move forward on all three.

That has earned the president praise from business groups but criticism from labor, especially for moving forward on the Colombia deal. Unions oppose the deal because of Colombia’s poor record of violence against trade unionists in the country.

To improve that record, the Obama administration and the Colombian government agreed to a labor action plan. That has helped set up a path forward for the agreement on Capitol Hill.

At a Senate Finance Committee hearing Wednesday, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the panel’s chairman, said once Colombia meets its second stage of commitments under the plan, due on June 15, he understands that the administration will submit the trade deal to Congress for approval.

Baucus also said the three pending trade deals should move through Congress “in tandem” with an extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, which helps workers hurt by trade and expired earlier this year.  That could slow the agreements’ approval as some Republicans have resisted extending TAA.

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White House backs green tax provisions to build liberal support


people_32.gif (9824 bytes)Are YOU yes YOU are you Fed-Up

NO COMMENT they will have your money and full control over every thing you do very shortly.

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By Alexander Bolton
12/10/10

Senate Democrats plan to move ahead with a bipartisan tax package, despite strong objections from House Democrats.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) unveiled a bill Thursday evening that keeps the deal between President Obama and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) largely unchanged, but includes environmental provisions that may soothe angry liberals.

Reid has scheduled the first vote on the Continue reading

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The Health Deadlock Will Eventually End…And Then What?


By Newt Gingrich
09/15/2010

Many of the policies in the 2010 healthcare law are unsustainable.

But the real challenge is not to point out the policies that aren’t sustainable but to replace them with policies that work. That will be a key challenge in the upcoming two years for the new Congress, particularly given the growing possibility what we may have a Republican-dominated Congress and a Democratic White House.

An all out effort over the past year by President Obama, Senate Leader Harry Reid, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to impose a radical change on the American people through their healthcare system has led to a level of government bureaucracy and confusion Continue reading

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