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Jeffrey Thompson contributed more than $3 million to federal and local candidates, including Kelvin Robinson.
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Jeffrey Thompson contributed more than $3 million to federal and local candidates, including Kelvin Robinson.

A top official at D.C.'s health benefit exchange authority has been charged in the ongoing corruption investigation involving District businessman Jeffrey Thompson. Kelvin Robinson is charged with accepting more than $30,000 in illegal, off-the-books donations to help fund his campaigns for D.C. Council in 2010.

Prosecutors say Kelvin Robinson accepted the shadow campaign funds from Thompson in 2010 when he ran for both the Ward 6 seat and the at-large seat.

Jeffrey Thompson — a politically-connected city contractor — pleaded guilty this spring to funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal funds to local and federal campaigns.

Robinson is the first candidate to face charges related to the shadow campaign funds.

Robinson, who once served as former mayor Anthony Williams' chief of staff, was hired last year to be the director of business development for the D.C. Health Exchange Authority.

He's charged with conspiring to defraud the city by receiving and concealing campaign contributions in excess of the District's campaign finance laws.

Neither Robinson nor the DC Health Exchange Authority could be reached for comment.

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