The federal investigation into D.C. campaign finance violations now has links to a presidential campaign.
Troy White, a New York marketing executive, admitted to receiving more than $600,000 in illicit funds to do unsolicited campaign work for an unnamed presidential candidate. That campaign, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, was the 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign.
Court records point to Jeffrey Thompson as the source of the money for Mr. White. Thompson is the D.C.-based contractor at the center of the federal investigation into the illegal "shadow campaign" to help get D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray elected in 2010.
According to court documents, White had discussions about working for the presidential campaign, but was turned down. That's when White was paid $600,000 by a businessman matching Thompson's description. The money was then used to pay for street teams and canvassers to help in the Texas primary then several other contest.
A lawyer for the Clinton campaign tells WAMU in an email it has "cooperated fully" in the White case and as court documents show, "turned down Mr. White's services."
White pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for failing to file tax returns reflecting the amount his company was paid.