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Federal investigators continue to broaden their investigation into one of D.C.'s top political donors.
Suspicious money orders linked to Jeffrey Thompson are among the entries in the campaign finance records of Council member Vincent Orange, a WAMU analysis showed last week.
Now, a review of Mayor Gray's records finds a similar trail of donors and money orders.
Records from Gray's 2010 campaign show 10 money orders from 3 companies linked to Jeffrey Thompson and his associates : KMJ Development, Euclid Street Partners LLC, and JT Real Estate Holdings.
These are the same companies that appear on the list of money orders received by Orange, who now admits those entries on his campaign finance report look suspicious.
Gray campaign records also show that four money orders, each in the amount of$1,000, were donated by people who appear to be family members of Lee Calhoun, one of Thompson's employees at his accounting firm.
These same names are also listed on several money orders to Orange's campaign, and copies of the money orders to Orange obtained by the Washington City Paper article notes, appear to have been written in strikingly similar handwriting.
And that seemingly random family in Georgia who donated several $1,000 money orders that Vincent Orange -- who turned out to be relatives of Thompson associate Jeanne Harris, as WAMU first reported -- are also listed in Gray's campaign records for donating a total of $10,000, although the Gray donations are listed as checks.
All told, Thompson, his firms, associated companies, and employees and their relatives appear to have given at least $59,000 to Gray's 2010 campaign, which is under federal investigation. The mayor could not be reached for comment.
This comes as federal authorities continue to ratchet up their investigation into Thompson and his dealings with city lawmakers. Less than a month after Thompson's offices were raided by FBI and IRS agents, grand jury subpoenas were issued this week to a number of city lawmakers.
Authorities are looking for all campaign finance records connected to Thompson dating back as far as 2003.
Neither Thompson nor any of his associates have been charged with wrongdoing. Although money orders, as in the case involving the Vincent Orange campaign, can raise concerns of straw-donors, they are a legal form of campaign contributions.
But they've caught the eye of at least one lawmaker as the scandal involving Thompson, campaign contributions, and money orders roils the political establishment. D.C. Council member Mary Cheh just yesterday drafted legislation which would limit money order contributions to $25.Thompson Contributors Connected to Gray