U.S. Attorney Pushes Forward In D.C. Shadow Campaign Probe

U.S. Attorney Pushes Forward In D.C. Shadow Campaign Probe

A prominent D.C. businessman on Monday admitted to financing an illegal shadow campaign to support Vincent Gray in the city's 2010 mayoral election. We explore the specific accusations made by the prosecutors in the case, and their implications for D.C.'s political system.

A prominent D.C. businessman on Monday admitted to financing an illegal shadow campaign to support Vincent Gray in the city's 2010 mayoral election. Federal prosecutors accused contractor Jeffrey Thompson of illegally funneling more than $2 million to local and national candidates from 2006 to 2012, and that he did so with Gray's knowledge in 2010. We explore the specific accusations made by the prosecutors in the case, and their implications for D.C.'s political system.

Guests

Patrick Madden

Reporter, WAMU 88.5 News

Nikita Stewart

Reporter, The New York Times; Former Reporter, The Washington Post

Paul Butler

Professor of Law, The Georgetown Law Center; Former Federal Prosecutor; author "Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice" (New Press)

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