Harry Reid Disgorges $10,000 to Mormon Church

It goes against the grain of most candidates to give any contributions back, but a U.S. Senator, whose 2007 fundraiser was just sentenced to two years in prison for campaign finance violations, has given away $10,000 to the Mormon church.

The Searchlight Leadership Fund, the leadership PAC of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate Majority Leader, has just reported it had given $10,000 on 8/5 to the Church of Latter Day Saints.

It is not clear if this donation was meant to disgorge funds from Harvey Whittemore, his 2007 fundraiser. Whittemore was found guilty in May of making excessive contributions, making contributions in the names of others, and causing a false report to be filed with Federal Election Commission. He was sentenced last week to two years in prison, but his lawyers are appealing the case. View our earlier posting.

The third quarter report of the Searchlight Leadership Fund also reported giving $40,000 to federal candidates. Senate candidate Cory Booker, D-N.J. was given $10,000. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., was given $10,000. House candidate Erin Bilbray, D-Nev., was given $10,000. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, D- Ga., was given $5,000. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Ky., was given $5,000.

The committee also paid $10,022 during the quarter to Perkins Coie LLP for legal and accounting services.