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A Washington businessman whose campaign contributions to local politicians are being investigated by federal authorities has also performed contract work in the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the Associated Press.

In addition to his donations to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and other district leaders, Jeffrey Thompson has bundled contributions to Donna Christensen, the non-voting delegate to Congress from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

More than half of the campaign contributions Christensen has received in the current election cycle have come from donors tied to Thompson.

Thompson's accounting firm, Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio and Associates, has a contract worth more than $6.3 million to audit funds awarded to the Virgin Islands Department of Education, the Virgin Islands government tells the Associated Press. 

Thompson's accounting firm, from which he stepped down earlier this month amid the ongoing federal investigation, also claims on its website that it has audited Federal Highway Administration grant money for the Virgin Islands government. U.S. Virgin Islands officials there say they can find no record of such a contract, however.

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