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.

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Lucia Graves
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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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