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D.C. Mayor Denies Involvement With Raided Campaign Fundraiser

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he was unaware of any wrongdoing or illegal acts committed during his 2010 campaign for mayor 

Gray defended himself at a news conference Wednesday amid reports of a federal raid at the home and office of Jeffrey Thompson, a major fundraiser for him and other D.C. politicians. An analysis by WAMU 88.5 found that several money orders listed as campaign donations to Council member Vincent Orange can also be traced back to Thompson.

Gray says he never handled any money orders or cash. The Washington Post reported last summer that Gray's campaign accepted cash donations above the legal limit and that campaign workers then improperly exchanged the contributions for money orders. 

Federal authorities have been investigating alleged campaign finance irregularities in Gray's successful mayoral bid.

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