DC business man sentenced to 3 months for corrupting elections
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A businessman from Washington, D.C. was sentenced to three months in prison on Monday after giving millions of dollars into city, state, and federal elections illegally.
Jeffrey Thompson has admitted to setting up $650,000 fund to help Vincent Gray defeat Adrian Fenty in 2010’s mayoral election. He also gave more than $600,000 of illegal funds to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008.
When Thompson pleaded guilty in 2014, prosecutors claimed that Vincent Gray knew about the illegal slush fund and personally requested money. Gray denied all wrongdoing, and, after a five year investigation into his 2010 campaign, was not charged. Three weeks after the trial in 2014, Gray lost the Democratic Primary for Mayor to Muriel Bowser, who currently serves as mayor in D.C. He did, however, win the Democratic primary for a spot on the D.C. Council.
Prosecutors never accused Clinton or any member of her 2008 campaign staff for the illegal funds donated to the campaign.
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Kollar-Kotelly sentenced Thompson to three months of prison, going beyond the suggested six months of home confinement. The judge also ordered Thompson to serve three months of home confinement and three years of probation after serving his time in jail.