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Jeffrey Thompson Associate Charged In D.C. Corruption Case

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A former employee of Jeffrey Thompson — the businessman at the center of a wide-ranging investigation into D.C. politics — is charged with making straw political donations.

Lee Calhoun, who had been employed at Jeffrey Thompson's former accounting firm, is accused of using his name and his wife's name to contribute donations to unidentified political candidates, including one for the House of Representatives.

Court documents say the donations were made by an unidentified businessman.

The accounting firm, formerly known as Thompson, Cobb, Bazillio and Associates, was raided last year by authorities as part of the investigation into corruption in D.C government.

Thompson, who so far, has not been charged by federal prosecutors, sold his ownership stake in the company last year. A close associate of Thompson, Jeanne Clark Harris, pleaded guilty last year to helping orchestrate the shadow campaign to get Mayor Vincent Gray elected.

Campaign finance records show Calhoun, along with other employees and family members tied to Thompson and his companies, contributed heavily to local and federal campaigns.

Prosecutors charged Calhoun with the misdemeanor via criminal information — a document that typically indicates the defendant plans to plead guilty.

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