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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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.

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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.