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Former D.C. Council Candidate Sentenced To 60 Days For Thompson Links

Another person is going to jail for conspiring with D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson to violate campaign finance laws.

On Thursday, former D.C. Council candidate Jeff Smith was sentenced to 60 days in jail for illegally taking $140,000 in campaign contributions from Thompson, a well-connected businessman and city contractor. Smith took the money during his long 2010 campaign for a Ward 1 seat on the Council.

Smith is the third D.C. Council candidate to admit to having taken money from Thompson. In June, Ward 6 contender Kelvin Robinson pleaded guilty to taking $33,000 from the businessman, and former Council member and candidate Michael Brown admitted to taking $100,000 from Thompson over the course of numerous campaigns.

Thompson is at the center of a wide-ranging federal investigation into corruption in D.C. He has admitted to funneling millions in illegal contributions to numerous D.C. and federal candidates, including Mayor Vincent Gray. Thompson has admitted to giving over $650,000 in illegal contributions to Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign, though Gray has said he did not know of the money.

Seven other people have already pleaded guilty to working with Thompson, and Thompson himself his facing up to six months in jail for masterminding the illegal schemes.

Smith will also face one year of probation and have to pay a $10,000 fine.

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