Whittemore reports to prison on California coast

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Updated: 8/06 11:37 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Former Nevada lobbyist and developer Harvey Whittemore has reported to a minimum security prison on the central California coast to begin serving a 2-year sentence for making illegal campaign contributions.
 
   U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke confirms Whittemore reported just after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the minimum security work camp at the federal prison complex in Lompoc, California just north of Santa Barbara.
 
   The camp is about 480 miles southwest of Reno.
 
   Whittemore was convicted last year of violating campaign-spending laws by using family and employees of his billion-dollar real estate company to funnel more than $130,000 to Sen. Harry Reid's re-election committee in 2007.
 
   His lawyers are scheduled to make oral arguments for his appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Oct. 6.
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TheGumption - 8/7/2014 7:55 AM
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Reid should have reported to "prison" with him.

Kramer - 8/6/2014 6:38 PM
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Pronounced 'lom-poke' and also close to Vandenberg AFB, where anti-nissle missles are tested (most haven't worked yet). W.C Fields made a lot of fun of Lompoc in his classic "The Bank Detect". mebbe H. W. will enjoy his stay in the 'lom-pokey'. BTW (by the way) he's Not a politician and Alcatraz ain't a prison anymore- wouldn't be prudent.

Paladin - 8/6/2014 2:50 PM
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Lompoc is considered the vacation spa setting among all the locations in the federal prison system. Tennis courts, driving range, gymnasium, work out rooms, library etc. Where you don't want to end up is Herlong or Leavenworth Kansas. That's the "big house".

Speed - 8/6/2014 1:48 PM
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Does Lompoc have a nice Golf Course? That reminds me-why not open Alcatraz as a Prison again,just for Politicians when they are convicted? To pay for their upkeep,they could be put to work making commemorative license plates,or printing post cards,or assembling key rings.....I'm sure MOST Americans wouldn't mind some of their tax dollars being used to make the island as close to being self sufficient as possible. Or maybe their salaries could go into a fund for this purpose.
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