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As the federal investigation into corruption in D.C. government heats up, a well-known accounting firm says its former owner, Jeffrey Thompson, appeared to break federal campaign finance laws by reimbursing employees for political contributions.
A statement released over the weekend by the accounting firm formerly known as Thompson Cobb Bazillio and Associates says Thompson directed employees and others to make donations to candidates and later reimbursed them.
Thompson, a contractor and prolific fundraiser, is reportedly at the center of the government's wide-ranging probe into corruption and campaign finance violations.
His longtime business partner Jeanne Clark Harris pleaded guilty to helping orchestrate the $650,000 shadow campaign to get Mayor Vincent Gray elected. Thompson hasn't been charged.
The accounting firm, which has dropped Thompson's name from its title, says it conducted an internal review and found that under Thompson's ownership, "employees and their family members and friends were ensnarled by the aggressive solicitation of campaign contributions, including allegedly illegal contributions."
The firm says its has been cooperating with federal authorities for the past 15 months. One of its employees, Lee Calhoun, is expected to plead guilty in court this week for taking part in this straw donation scheme. The firm, in its statement, says it "the cloud it has been under for the past 15 months will lift soon."