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D.C. Campaign Finance Scandal Expands Into Federal Campaign

A former employee of Washington, D.C., businessman Jeffrey Thompson has been charged with causing the making of federal contributions in the names of others. This expands the investigation beyond the D.C. mayor’s race and could call into question thousands of dollars of other contributions made by employees of Thompson’s firm.

Lee A. Calhoun, a former employee of Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates, was charged yesterday and his attorney has said Calhoun would plead guilty to a misdemeanor. Although not named in the charges, the contributions in 2011 are believed to have originally come from Jeffrey Thompson.

Federal campaign finance records show Calhoun gave $49,200 in federal contributions from 1991 to the present. His wife, Michelle, is listed as giving $34,900. The only federal contributions in 2011 were Lee Calhoun’s $2,300 contribution on June 3 to the Donna Christensen Campaign (D-V.I.) and Michelle Calhoun’s $2,300 contribution to the same campaign on the same day. Use Political MoneyLine’s 
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Besides the two Calhouns, other employees and their spouses of Thompson Cobb Bazilio & Associates also gave $2,300 each on June 3, 2011. They include Jeffrey Thompson, Ralph Bazilio, Dorothy Bazilio, Felton Magee, Glenn Moorehead, Keith Hendy, Michael Cobb, Lawrence Wilson, and Gloria Wilson. Use Political MoneyLine’s Donor Search to look for contributions made by employees of  any firm.

A Washington Post article indicated a plea agreement is expected to be filed next week.

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