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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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Lawyer Says Witness Account Exonerated Gray In 'Shadow Campaign' Probe

The attorney for former D.C. mayor Vincent Gray says he provided federal prosecutors with testimony that he says proved Gray knew nothing of a scheme to illegally funnel money to his 2010 campaign.
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LISTEN: Kojo Nnamdi And Chuck Thies On The Closed Investigation Of Former D.C. Mayor Gray

Federal prosecutors have ended their corruption investigation of former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray after nearly five years. Gray's former campaign manager, Chuck Thies, speaks with WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi about the end of the probe and its toll on his re-election campaign.
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D.C. Prosecutor Ends Lengthy Corruption Probe Of Former Mayor Vincent Gray

An investigation by the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia into illegal financing of Vincent Gray's 2010 mayoral campaign has ended without charges against the former mayor.

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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.