D.C. Corruption-Ethics

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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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Machen: Thompson Pleas 'Only The Tip Of The Iceberg'

U.S. Attorney for D.C. Ron Machen said on Monday that guilty pleas from D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson for campaign finance violations were only one part of an ongoing investigation into corruption in D.C.
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Prosecutors Claim Gray Knew Of 2010 Shadow Campaign

Federal prosecutors dropped a bombshell in court today: Mayor Vincent Gray knew of the 2010 shadow campaign that helped usher him to victory.
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On Day That Thompson Pleads Guilty, Feds Say Gray Knew Of Shadow Campaign

D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson has pleaded guilty to two felonies related to his illicit funding of local and federal campaigns, including Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 mayoral bid.
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Sulaimon Brown Endorses Bowser For D.C. Mayor

The man who blew the whistle on illegal activity during District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign is endorsing one of Gray's rivals.
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Plea Deal In The Works For Businessman Behind D.C. Shadow Campaigns

Federal prosecutors are in the final stages of negotiating a plea deal with Jeffrey Thompson, the D.C. businessman accused of illegally funneling campaign contributions to Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign.
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Brown Accused Of More Campaign Finance Violations Tied To D.C. Contractor

Former D.C. Council member Michael Brown stands to serve more time in prison for new accusations that he took $100,000 in illicit contributions from a D.C. contractor for a 2008 run.
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D.C. Council Approves Controversial Parking Meter Contract

The debate over the $33 million contract involved a losing bidder, hefty campaign contributions and allegations that the contract was exposing the city's "pay-to-play" political culture.
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D.C. Legislators Running For Mayor Exploit Loophole They Voted To Close

D.C. legislators who are running for mayor recently voted to close a loophole that allows individuals and businesses to donate money through multiple entities, but that doesn't mean they're not taking that money now.
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D.C. Campaign Finance Reforms Get Initial Approval

Legislation that would halt the practice of bundling campaign contributions in the District has recieved initial approval on the D.C. Council.