D.C. Corruption Goes National

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray wasn’t the only politician to get an assist from shadowy business executive Jeffrey Thompson. Enter Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign.

National Journal
Lucia Graves
Sept. 12, 2013, 10:28 a.m.

He’s been called “the gov­ernor of D.C.,” “a D.C. power play­er un­der fire,” and “pub­lic men­ace No. 1,” but now it ap­pears loc­al busi­ness­man Jef­frey Thompson has moved bey­ond the typ­ic­al Dis­trict gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion arena and entered the na­tion­al play­ing field.

Newly re­leased court doc­u­ments link Thompson, who’s long been a cent­ral fig­ure in the fed­er­al in­vest­ig­a­tion of D.C. cor­rup­tion, to Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton’s 2008 pres­id­en­tial cam­paign.

From The Wash­ing­ton Post:

Jef­frey E. Thompson, a former city con­tract­or who al­legedly fin­anced a secret cam­paign for then-may­or­al can­did­ate Vin­cent C. Gray (D) in 2010, fin­anced an in­de­pend­ent ef­fort to reach urb­an voters on be­half of Clin­ton in Texas and at least three oth­er states dur­ing the 2008 Demo­crat­ic primar­ies, ac­cord­ing to the in­ter­views and doc­u­ments.

Thompson al­legedly paid Troy White, a New York mar­ket­ing ex­ec­ut­ive, more than $608,000 to hire “street teams” to dis­trib­ute posters, stick­ers, and yard signs be­gin­ning in Feb­ru­ary 2008 to help raise Clin­ton’s pro­file dur­ing her primary battle with then-Sen. Barack Obama, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments and in­ter­views with sev­er­al people fa­mil­i­ar with the in­vest­ig­a­tion.

The ac­cus­a­tions came to light after White pled guilty to one mis­de­mean­or count of fail­ing to file cor­por­ate in­come taxes over a four year peri­od, which in­cluded the 2008 Demo­crat­ic pres­id­en­tial primary.

Add to the mix the fact that there’s no evid­ence these men dis­closed any of their al­leged ex­pendit­ures to the Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, as re­quired un­der cam­paign fin­ance law, and you have al­leg­a­tions that sound a whole lot like the al­leg­a­tions sur­round­ing Gray’s may­or­al cam­paign.

A D.C. cor­rup­tion scan­dals primer pub­lished by the Post — yes, such a thing is ne­ces­sary — shows that since 2012, three D.C. Coun­cil mem­bers have pled guilty to fed­er­al cor­rup­tion charges and fed­er­al pro­sec­utors have probed Vin­cent Gray’s 2010 cam­paign on mul­tiple fronts.

Jef­frey Thompson may have gradu­ated from D.C. cor­rup­tion to the next league!

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