Skip to comments.‘Assembly line’ for illegal campaign donations alleged in probe of D.C. politics
Posted on 06/20/2013 9:50:22 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
The corruption investigation that has roiled D.C. politics for two years has uncovered a highly organized operation inside an accounting firm that funneled illegal contributions to scores of political campaigns, according to new court documents filed Thursday.
For nearly a decade, Jeffrey E. Thompsons accounting firm was an assembly line for donations, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said. The documents suggest that many employees or their relatives wrote checks to campaigns for D.C. Council, mayor, Congress and other offices to disguise the fact that the money was actually coming from Thompson.
Thompson then reimbursed employees for their straw donations through his firms accounting and payroll operations, according to the documents.
The allegations that Thompson orchestrated such a far-reaching scheme follow accusations aired last year that he was the secret financier of a $635,000 effort to help the 2010 mayoral campaign of Vincent C. Gray. Those accusations of a shadow campaign have dogged Gray (D) since he took office. The mayor has not been charged and denies any wrongdoing.
Prosecutors have said the investigation will move quickly in the coming weeks. They appear to be methodically building a case against Thompson, who was for years one of the Districts largest contractors and who, court records show, is the subject of a grand jury investigation. . .
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What a monumental waste of time...a corruption investigation in DC. One could hardly throw a dead cat and not land on something.
Please say this can’t be true! Corruption in WDC government???? Say it ain’t so.
And if you did throw a dead cat you’d go to jail before the people funneling illegal campaign contributions
Former mayor of Atlanta had the same issue about a decade ago. The contractor bidding on the new section of the Atlanta Airport had his employees, employee family members, etc write checks that he reimbursed them for.
A CORRUPT DEMOCRAT MACHINE???? Yawn...Wake me when you find an HONEST DEMOCRAT!!