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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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.

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D.C. Corruption Investigation Could End Up In Supreme Court

Lawyers for a District of Columbia businessman at the center of a wide-ranging campaign finance investigation have asked the Supreme Court to take a case involving some of the documents seized from his home and office.
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Campaign Finance Reform Bill Moves Forward In D.C. Council

A campaign finance reform bill that would limit how much and what types of money make it into D.C. campaigns is moving forward.
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Hillary Clinton Campaign Received Aide From Jeffrey Thompson

The D.C. developer linked to a "shadow campaign" to elect D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in 2010 also had ties to the 2008 presidential campaign for Hillary Clinton.

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New Guilty Plea Sheds More Light On Shadow Campaign That Helped Gray

The guilty plea entered by campaign operative Vernon Hawkins this week is helping shed more light on the $653,000 shadow campaign that helped Mayor Vince Gray get elected in 2010.

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Another Gray Campaign Aide Pleads Guilty For Role In Straw Contributions

A veteran D.C. campaign aide who worked on Mayor Vince Gray's troubled 2010 campaign pleaded guilty to making a false statement to federal prosecutors regarding an investigation into straw contributions made to various local campaigns dating back to 2006.