UPDATE- 8:06AM -Was it an offer they couldn't refuse from their multimillionaire boss doing the bidding for arguably the most powerful man in the U.S. Congress?
Or did Harvey Whittemore's employees make voluntary contributions to Sen. Harry Reid because they trusted the former developer and lobbyist they knew as a generous philanthropist who supported universities, charities and medical research?
Whittemore's trial continues in federal court in Reno Today, May 20th, on charges he broke federal campaign finance laws by funneling nearly $150,000 to Reid's re-election campaign in 2007.
Testimony so far has focused on whether there were any strings attached to the bonuses and gifts Whittemore gave employees at his real estate company while suggesting they contribute to the Nevada Democrat.
UPDATE - 2:20PM - Our crew on the scene says another former employee of Whittemore at Wingfield Springs took the stand. Joseph Dangler, a former real estate broker at Wingfield says Whittemore suggested he and his wife donate to friends of Senator Reid on March 27, 2007. They each gave Reid the max--$4,600--in March of 2007 for a total of $9,200. Whittemore told Dangler "We'll work it out," then gave him a check for $10,000, dated that same day.
Dangler says Whittemore told him who to write the check to and for how much.
Under cross examination, dangler said Whittemore did not force him to write the check.
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Day two of the Harvey Whittemore trial is underway.
According to our crew on the scene, Terry Reynolds, a former employee of Harvey Whittemore at Wingfield Nevada, says he was given $10,000 from Whittemore in March of 2007.
Reynolds and his wife then made maximum contributions of $4,600 each to the Harry Reid campaign.
Reynolds said Whittemore asked him to make the contribution and that he felt it was a quid pro quo. Reynolds also says he felt it was expected of him to make that contribution.
Whittemore is charged with breaking federal campaign finance laws by funneling nearly $150,000 to Reid's re-election campaign in 2007.