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Gray Aide Faces Campaign Finance Charges

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If convicted, Gore faces a sentence of up to 20 years.
If convicted, Gore faces a sentence of up to 20 years.

An assistant treasurer for District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign has been charged with making straw donations to another mayoral candidate and destroying evidence related to those contributions.

Thomas Gore is facing three misdemeanor counts of campaign finance fraud and one felony count of obstruction of justice for destroying records. According to a criminal information filed in federal court, Gore used funds from campaign A to pay candidate B. The payments, $535 of money orders, were made in another person's name.

Sulaimon Brown, a former candidate for Mayor, has accused the Gray campaign of paying him money orders to verbally attack then-mayor Adrian Fenty during the race. The more serious charge facomg Gore, obstruction of justice, carries a more serious sentence of 20 years in prison.

The court document accuses Gore of destroying a notebook containing information of these payments on March 6, 2011, the same day a front-page Washington Post article came out saying "Sulaimon Allegations Of A Quid Pro Quo With Gray Campaign."

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