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Norton has received money from embattled D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson over the years, but hasn't yet said if she will return it or not.
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Norton has received money from embattled D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson over the years, but hasn't yet said if she will return it or not.

The office of D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says it has "no further information" on whether it will return campaign contributions linked to embattled city contractor Jeffrey Thompson.

Over the weekend, Thompson's former accounting firm issued a statement saying 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."

Thompson—who sold his ownership stake in the accounting firm—hasn't been charged by prosecutors so far.

One of the accounting firm's employees, Lee Calhoun, is expected to plead guilty in court this week to taking part in a straw donation scheme.

Norton—who has received thousands of dollars over the years in contributions from Thompson and his employees of his companies—said last year in a radio interview that she didn't believe any of the contributions were illegal and had no plans on returning any of the campaign donations.

At the time, the campaigns for Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and President Barack Obama returned donations linked to Thompson, and this week Virgin Islands Del. Donna Christensen said she would return contributions linked to Thompson.

WAMU asked Norton's office whether the congresswoman still believes that the contributions were legal or if she planned to keep the donations, but her office says it has no further information.

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