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Former Ward 1 Candidate Pleads Guilty To Shadow Campaign Charges

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Another D.C. Council candidate is admitting to taking part in an illegal campaign finance scheme that was orchestrated by businessman Jeffrey Thompson.

Jeff Smith, a candidate for the Ward 1 race in 2010, admitted in court to receiving illegal, shadow campaign funds from Jeffrey Thompson, a prominent city contractor, and then conspiring to cover up the off-the-books contributions.

Smith is the second candidate for office in the past month to plead guilty to receiving Thompson's illegal campaign cash. In May, former council candidate Kelvin Robinson pleaded guilty. And former council member Michael Brown, who was convicted of accepting bribes from undercover FBI agents, has also admitted to receiving illegal funds from Thompson.

Thompson, meanwhile, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty earlier this year to funneling millions of dollars into dozens of local and federal campaigns, including Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign.

The mayor hasn't been charged in the case and denies any wrongdoing.


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