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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. 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.

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Aide To Former D.C. Council Member Faces Tax Charge

The chief of staff to imprisoned former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas, Jr. is facing legal troubles over false tax documents.

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D.C. Council Member Seeking To Revamp City's Campaign Finance System

Council member David Grosso is introducing a plan that would give the District's troubled campaign finance system a radical makeover.

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D.C. Restaurateur Pleads Not Guilty To Bribery Charges

The owner of a Chinatown restaurant and his son both pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of attempting to bribe a D.C. Taxicab Commission official.

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D.C. Businessmen Indicted For Allegedly Bribing Officials For Taxicab Licenses

A father-and-son duo were indicted Tuesday for allegedly paying bribes to gain licenses to operate D.C. taxicabs.

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Second Thompson Associate Pleads Guilty In Massive Straw Donation Scheme

Stanley Straughter, a Philadelphia-based contractor associated with D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson, admitted that he gave $130,000 in straw donations to candidates for local and federal office.

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