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
Add to Briefcase
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!

What We're Following See More »
THE QUESTION
How Many Signatures Has the Petition for Trump’s Tax Returns Received?
2 hours ago
THE ANSWER

More than 1 million, setting a record. More than 100,000 signatures triggers an official White House response.

Source:
SENT LETTERS TO A DOZEN ORGANIZATIONS
Senate Intel Looks to Preserve Records of Russian Interference
2 hours ago
THE LATEST

"The Senate Intelligence Committee is seeking to ensure that records related to Russia’s alleged intervention in the 2016 U.S. elections are preserved as it begins investigating that country’s ties to the Trump team. The panel sent more than a dozen letters to 'organizations, agencies and officials' on Friday, asking them to preserve materials related to the congressional investigation, according to a Senate aide, who was not authorized to comment publicly. The Senate Intelligence Committee is spearheading the most comprehensive probe on Capitol Hill of Russia’s alleged activities in the elections."

Source:
MORE COOPERATION WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES
Deportation, Detention Rules Released
2 hours ago
THE DETAILS

Memos issued by the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday night "implemented sweeping changes to the way immigration policy is enforced, making clear that millions of people living illegally in the U.S. are now subject to deportation and pushing authorities to fast-track the removal of many of them. ... The policy calls for enlisting local authorities to enforce immigration law, jailing more people while they wait for their hearings and trying to send border crossers back to Mexico to await proceedings, even if they aren’t Mexican."

Source:
WON’T INTERFERE IN STRUCTURING NSC OFFICE
White House to Give McMaster Carte Blanche
19 hours ago
THE LATEST
NAIVE, RISK TAKER
Russia Compiling Dossier on Trump’s Mind
22 hours ago
WHY WE CARE

Retired Russian diplomats and members of Vladimir Putin's staff are compiling a dossier "on Donald Trump's psychological makeup" for the Russian leader. "Among its preliminary conclusions is that the new American leader is a risk-taker who can be naïve, according to a senior Kremlin adviser."

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login