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Over the last three years, scandal and controversy have descended upon D.C. City Hall. Three Council members have pleaded guilty to felonies, and two of them have been forced to resign. At the same, three people associated with Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 mayoral campaign have pleaded guilty to participating in a straw donation campaign orchestrated by D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson, who himself has come under scrutiny by federal investigators. Government advocates have pushed for broad campaign finance reforms and a strong ethical framework, to limited success.
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Gray Reportedly Turned Down Plea Deal In Long-Running Investigation Of Campaign

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray turned down a September plea deal from federal prosecutors who have been investigating his 2010 campaign, raising the possibility that they may indict him as he ends his tenure as the city's top elected official.
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Gray's Campaign Driver Pleads Guilty To Campaign Finance Charge

Mayor Vincent Gray's former campaign driver today pleaded guilty to a campaign finance charge, proving that the long-running investigation into Gray's troubled mayoral effort continues.
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Gray's Campaign Driver Charged In Long-Running Corruption Investigation

A sixth person has been charged with a crime related to illegal funding of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign.
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Former D.C. Council Candidate Sentenced To 60 Days For Thompson Links

Jeff Smith, who ran for a Ward 1 D.C. Council seat in 2010, admitted to taking $140,000 in illegal contributions from businessman Jeffrey Thompson.
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Catania Asks Bowser To Return Money Linked To Troubled Housing Complex

D.C. mayoral contender David Catania says fellow candidate Muriel Bowser should return campaign contributions linked to a troubled housing complex in Southeast D.C.
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Another Person Linked To Jeffrey Thompson Falls; Who's Next?

Another guilty plea brings to seven the total number of people who have fallen due to their association with D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson. Here's a summary of what they pleaded guilty to.
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Former D.C. Council Member Michael Brown To Be Sentenced Thursday

At sentencing today, Michael Brown faces nearly four years for taking bribes in an undercover FBI sting.
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D.C. Restaurant Owner And Son Plead Guilty To Bribing Taxicab Official

A restaurant owner in the District and his son are pleading guilty to making illegal payments to the head of the city's taxicab commission.
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In State Of The District Speech, Gray Forcefully Denies Shadow Campaign Claims

At his 2014 State of the District address, Mayor Vincent Gray said that he did not participate in the illegal shadow campaign that pumped $653,000 into his 2010 mayoral bid.
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In His Own Words: Mayor Vincent Gray Denies Knowledge Of 'Shadow Campaign'

Mayor Vincent Gray sat down with WAMU 88.5's District reporter Patrick Madden to discuss the recent accusations made by businessman Jeffrey Thompson about the mayor's knowledge of a shadow campaign.