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Brown Accused Of More Campaign Finance Violations Tied To D.C. Contractor

Federal investigators caught former D.C. Council member Michael Brown on camera taking bribes.
U.S. Attorney for D.C.
Federal investigators caught former D.C. Council member Michael Brown on camera taking bribes.

A longer prison sentence could await former D.C. Council member Michael Brown.

On Friday afternoon federal prosecutors said they were amending an indictment against Brown to include allegations that he accepted more than $100,000 dollars from a donor who agreed to secretly fund his successful bid for an at-large Council seat in 2008.

Last year Brown admitted to taking $55,000 in bribes from federal investigators who passed themselves off as businessmen seeking preferential access to D.C. contracts. He was also charged with an unrelated campaign finance violation for illegally taking $20,000 for a 2007 Ward 4 campaign.

In both cases of violating campaign finance laws, the money is thought to have come from Jeffrey Thompson, who is currently under investigation for his role in the illegal $653,000 shadow campaign that helped Mayor Vincent Gray during his 2010 mayoral bid.

An amended plea agreement filed in federal court calls for a sentence of up to three years and seven months. An attorney for Brown declined to comment.

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