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Whittemore campaign contribution trial delayed

The federal trial of former power broker Harvey Whittemore, charged in a scheme to unlawfully funnel $138,000 in campaign contributions to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has been put off until April 9.

Whittemore, 59, who once wielded influence within the state’s political hierarchy, faces four felony charges, including making excessive campaign contributions, making contributions in the name of another and making a false statement to a federal agency.

His trial had been set for Feb. 26 before U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks in Reno.

In an order filed Wednesday, Hicks said the delay was needed to give both sides more time to resolve complex pretrial issues in the high-profile case.

Whittemore has denied the allegations.

The indictment alleges he met with Reid, a Nevada Democrat, in February 2007 in Las Vegas and agreed to raise $150,000 by the March 31, 2007, campaign finance deadline.

Whittemore unlawfully used family members and associates as conduits for contributions to the senator’s campaign and then reimbursed them, the indictment alleges.

Reid was not part of the alleged scheme.

Contact reporter Jeff German at jgerman@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-8135.

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