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Associate Of D.C. Businessman To Plead Guilty To Making Straw Political Donations

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A former employee of Jeffrey Thompson—the businessman at the center of a wide-ranging investigation of D.C. politics—is expected to plead guilty to making straw political donations later today.

Lee Calhoun—who works at Thompson's former accounting firm—is accused of using his name and his wife's name to contribute thousands of dollars in donations to unidentified political candidates, including a member of Congress.

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

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

Thompson, who has not been charged by federal prosecutors, sold his ownership stake in the company last year.

A statement released by the accounting firm says Thompson directed employees and others to make donations and later reimbursed them.

Prosecutors charge Calhoun with a misdemeanor in a criminal information, a document that typically indicates a defendant plans to plead guilty. The hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m.

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