Mayor Vincent Gray says he will fight any formal accusations that he was involved with the so-called "shadow campaign."
With just weeks to go until the Democratic primary, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is denying accusations by federal prosecutors concerning the shadow campaign financed by D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson.
At his office in City Hall, Mayor Gray sat down with WAMU 88.5 D.C. reporter Patrick Madden to discuss the guilty plea by Thompson.
Mayor Gray said there is no truth to Jeffrey Thompson's accusations.
"I asked Jeff Thompson to help raise money for my campaign. That's all I asked him to do. And that's what he did."
Did you at any point think he was was to be giving your campaign funds that were not being reported?
"No, I did not."
I think the most damning part of the hearing yesterday was this alleged meeting that took place at Eugenia Clark Harris' apartment where Thompson says you handed him a one-page document detailing how more than $400,000 would be spent. Did this happen?
Was there a document ever that you saw—?
"I don't know of a document, to be honest with you. It's news to me. I did not fashion any document or put together any document of that kind."
What's your understanding of why he would be supporting you and what did you in turn have to do?
"There was no ask of me. He never asked me for anything. I think he wanted the mayor gone."
You are a detail-oriented guy. It's tough for some to think that you had no idea about this shadow campaign that was allegedly going on right next to your campaign headquarters, coordinated by Vernon Hawkings, who was a close advisor to you.
"Well I didn't know about it. And I've asked our campaign manager, Adam Rubinson. Adam was there everyday. I said Adam did you see anything untoward going on? He said absolutely not. So I didn't see anything."
Gray says there was no quid pro quo and if he is charged by prosecutors, he will fight those accusations and will not step down.