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The federal investigation into D.C. corruption has extended to Orange, an At-Large Council member.
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The federal investigation into D.C. corruption has extended to Orange, an At-Large Council member.

With the federal probe into corruption in the D.C. government showing signs of heating up, a spokesperson for Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) says the lawmaker is cooperating with investigators.

After Orange ducked out of the Wilson Building on Wednesday to avoid the reporters camped outside his office, his chief of staff James Brown confirmed federal authorities have subpoenaed Orange's campaign. "They've asked for his campaign records. He's provided them. And they asked him not to discuss it," said Brown.

Orange's campaign faced scrutiny last year for receiving donations linked to Jeffrey Thompson, the businessman reportedly at the center of the federal investigation into Mayor Gray's 2010 campaign.

As WAMU reported, those donations included suspicious money orders tied to Thompson and his associate Jeanne Clark Harris, who pleaded guilty to helping orchestrate an illegal shadow campaign to get Gray elected.

Orange was admonished earlier this year by the city's Ethics Board for improperly interfering with a health inspection on behalf of business owned by a campaign donor. On Thursday the Washington Post reported that the federal investigation has focused in on that donor, Sang Oh Choi, and his links to Orange.

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