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‘Assembly line’ for illegal campaign donations alleged in probe of D.C. politics
Washington Post ^ | June 20, 2013 | By Ann E. Marimow and Mike DeBonis

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. Thompson’s 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 firm’s 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 District’s largest contractors and who, court records show, is the subject of a grand jury investigation. . .

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News
KEYWORDS: fraud; govtabuse

1 posted on 06/20/2013 9:50:22 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

What a monumental waste of time...a corruption investigation in DC. One could hardly throw a dead cat and not land on something.


2 posted on 06/20/2013 10:07:55 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Please say this can’t be true! Corruption in WDC government???? Say it ain’t so.


3 posted on 06/20/2013 10:09:01 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: wastoute

And if you did throw a dead cat you’d go to jail before the people funneling illegal campaign contributions


4 posted on 06/20/2013 10:09:51 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

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.


5 posted on 06/21/2013 12:51:24 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

A CORRUPT DEMOCRAT MACHINE???? Yawn...Wake me when you find an HONEST DEMOCRAT!!


6 posted on 06/21/2013 5:31:30 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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