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RENO, Nev. (AP) — 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 Monday 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.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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