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.
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.
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.
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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