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For most of Vincent Gray's three-plus years as mayor, federal prosecutors have been investigating alleged dirty tricks in his 2010 campaign. Gray has maintained he did nothing illegal and was aware of nothing illegal and prosecutors never presented any evidence implicating the mayor. All that changed Monday.
Outside a mayoral candidates forum on Monday night, Gray responded to Jeffrey Thompson's court admissions between chants by supporters of "Four More Years!"
Will Sommer, the Loose Lips columnist for the Washington City Paper, says that the Jeffrey Thompson plea "certainly does not look great for the mayor."
Mayor Vincent Gray's re-election campaign team says that the charges against businessman Jeffrey Thompson in no way suggest that Gray knew about Thompson's illegal campaign finance activities.
The man considered the architect of a "shadow campaign" that helped finance Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 mayor race is expected to be close to reaching a deal with prosecutors - just weeks before voters will decide whether Gray should have another round in the mayor's office.
Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that a New York marketing executive received more than $600,000 in illicit funds from a Washington businessman to do unsolicited campaign work for a 2008 presidential candidate, identified by a campaign lawyer as Hillary Rodham Clinton.
As yet another aide to Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign is charged in connection with a corruption investigation, Councilwoman Mary Cheh says any candidates who benefited from the so-called "shadow campaign" should come forward.
A D.C. businessman under investigation for allegedly financing a secret $653,000 funding campaign for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in 2010 allegedly also spent money on secret campaigns for seven other candidates for mayor and the D.C. Council.