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.
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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