Another Thompson Associate Set To Plead Guilty In Straw Donation Scheme | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Another Thompson Associate Set To Plead Guilty In Straw Donation Scheme

Play associated audio
D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson is said to have reimbursed employees and associates for straw donations to local and federal candidates.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/76657755@N04/7408506410/
D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson is said to have reimbursed employees and associates for straw donations to local and federal candidates.

Another associate of D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson is expected in court later today to plead guilty to making "straw" donations to candidates running for office.

Stanley Straughter is the second Thompson-associate in recent days to be charged with making illegal campaign contributions to congressional candidates in 2010.

Straughter is a Philadelphia-based contractor who worked with Thompson's former accounting firm.

Thompson—a major city contractor and fundraiser—is at the center of a federal investigation into D.C. government corruption.

Last week, an employee at Thompson's former accounting firm pleaded guilty to making $160,000 contributions in straw donations that were later reimbursed by Thompson.

In a statement after the plea, U.S. Attorney Ron Machen said the accounting firm had been converted into "an assembly line for illegal campaign contributions."

Thompson hasn't been charged by prosecutors and sold his ownership stake in the accounting firm.

Straughter was charged in a criminal information—a document that typically means a defendant intends to plead guilty. The hearing is set to begin at 2 p.m.

NPR

It's Time For Comic-Con!

The annual pop culture convention underway in San Diego is not just for comic books — it brings the biggest stars from film, television and books together with their fans to talk about upcoming, and vintage, work.
NPR

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.
WAMU 88.5

Catania Asks Bowser To Return Money Linked To Troubled Housing Complex

D.C. mayoral contender David Catania says fellow candidate Muriel Bowser should return campaign contributions linked to a troubled housing complex in Southeast D.C.
NPR

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.