Published Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 3:05 p.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A scandal involving a convicted campaign donor nicknamed "Uncle Earl" is endangering District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray's re-election chances.
The district's Democratic mayoral primary is April 1, and Gray is facing seven challengers. On Monday, federal prosecutors alleged that Gray signed off on an illegal scheme to help his 2010 campaign with a $668,000 slush fund. Gray has not been charged with any wrongdoing.
The allegations are included in a plea deal signed by Jeffrey Thompson, who supplied the funds. Thompson asked Gray to refer to him as "Uncle Earl." Gray told The Associated Press that he did nothing illegal and that Thompson is lying.
Gray's opponents are calling him unfit to serve and pledging to restore integrity to the office.)
Published Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 1:21 p.m
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal court documents say a campaign adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton was personally involved in an off-the-books operation to help the former first lady's 2008 presidential campaign in four states and Puerto Rico.
The court papers say Washington businessman Jeffrey Thompson told prosecutors that Clinton adviser Minyon Moore sought his help in recruiting so-called street teams to help Clinton's campaign during the 2008 primaries. According to the documents, Thompson paid more than $600,000 to a New York marketing executive to fund the street teams and canvassers.
Thompson pleaded guilty Monday to two conspiracy charges. Prosecutors have said they have no evidence that Clinton was aware of the operation.
Moore's firm has said previously that she was cooperating with federal investigators and was unaware of any inappropriate activities.
LULAC, a Hispanic advocacy group headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a 501(c)(4) and subject to Internal Revenue Service limits on its political activities and expenditures.
According to Thompson’s plea agreement, a senior Clinton campaign adviser asked him in February 2008 to fund paid street teams that would assist the campaign.
The adviser is believed to be long-time Clinton aide Minyon Moore, the Washington Post reported.
Moore allegedly introduced Thompson and an unnamed Texas Clinton supporter affiliated with LULAC, with the understanding that the two would work to organize teams of paid Clinton canvassers recruited from LULAC’s membership ranks.
The canvassers would distribute materials created by the Clinton campaign in Texas, according to the documents.
Thompson transferred $233,000 through an intermediary to pay for the services.