Thomas Gore, Vincent Gray's Campaign Aide, Pleads Guilty | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Thomas Gore, Vincent Gray's Campaign Aide, Pleads Guilty

Attorneys believe more indictments on the way

Play associated audio
The latest chapter in an ongoing D.C. government scandal unfolded, as a former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray pleaded guilty to obstruction and campaign fraud. 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityyear/5702181831/
The latest chapter in an ongoing D.C. government scandal unfolded, as a former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray pleaded guilty to obstruction and campaign fraud. 

Thomas Gore, a top campaign aide to Mayor Vincent Gray, pleaded guilty in court today on charges he made straw donations to Sulaimon Brown's mayoral campaign and then destroyed evidence of the payments.

Gore, who ran the day-to-day finances of Gray's 2010 campaign, and also managed his 2004 and 2007 council races, is the first person to face charges in the months-long investigation by federal authorities into improprieties within Gray's mayoral campaign.

Gore pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of campaign finance fraud. The former assistant campaign treasurer faces a sentence of 12 to 18 months in prison for the more serious charge of obstruction, and six months for each of the campaign finance violations. The sentence could be reduced for what is called "significant cooperation."

Sulaimon Brown has long accused Gray campaign officials of paying him cash and promising a job for his help in verbally attacking then-mayor Adrian Fenty on the campaign trail. During his testimony before the council last July, Brown said he received cash and money orders from Gray campaign aides Lorraine Green and Howard Brooks.

"There are money orders from the Gray campaign which the Washington Post has tied directly to family members, friends and relatives of the accused in this case," Brown said at the time.

Gore allegedly used funds from the Gray campaign to write three money orders for Brown's campaign totaling $535 and used other people's names on the donations, according to a criminal information document filed yesterday by the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

Gore admits he then destroyed the evidence of these payments on March 6, 2011, the U.S. Attorney's office says — on the same day a front page Washington Post article came out with Sulaimon Brown's allegations of a quid pro quo scheme with the Gray campaign. He then lied to FBI agents about the notebook.

He is the first Gray campaign official to be charged in the ongoing federal probe of the Mayor's 2010 campaign.

After the hearing, U.S. Attorney Ron Machen read a statement. It read, in part: "In 2010, the voters of the District of Columbia were deceived. Envelopes, stuffed with fraudulent money orders prevented the public from knowing that one mayoral campaign was secretly financing the campaign of an opposing candidate."

Outside the courthouse, Gore's attorney Fred Cook said he believes that other people will face charges as the investigation continues.

Charging Document For Thomas Gore, Aide to Mayor Gray
NPR

Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

The filmmaker says Going Clear, harshly critical of the Church of Scientology, is about the dangers of "blind faith." The church has hit back with an aggressive public relations effort of its own.
NPR

Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl takes off her glasses to reveal she was a beauty all along? A similar scenario is playing out among food waste fighters in the world of produce.
NPR

Amazingly, Congress Actually Got Something Done

The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.
NPR

Can Republicans Get Ahead In The 2016 Digital Race?

When Sen. Ted Cruz threw his hat into the ring, it happened first on Twitter. Political news is breaking more and more on social media, and both sides face different challenges in reaching out.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.