WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Elected officials in the District have received federal grand jury subpoenas requesting documents related to campaign contributions from a prominent political donor, the Associated Press has learned.
A D.C. Council employee on Tuesday confirmed the existence of the subpoenas to The Associated Press and said multiple elected officials received them. The staffer requested anonymity because the employee was not authorized to release the information. The AP also obtained a copy of a subpoena.
The subpoenas ask for “all documents referring or relating to Jeffrey Thompson” and his firms and associates, dating to 2003. Thompson is an accountant who owns the city’s largest Medicaid contractor. Federal authorities searched his office and home earlier this month. He’s given money to most of the district’s top elected officials, including Mayor Vincent Gray, Council Chairman Kwame Brown and numerous current and former councilmembers.
Thompson’s offices were raided by federal officials on March 2.
The subpoenas and the raids on Thompson’s office and home are signs that the federal investigation of corruption in district politics has broadened beyond the public allegations of misdeeds by the Gray and Brown campaigns.
Gray and his campaign staffers have been accused of promising a city job and giving cash to a minor mayoral candidate in exchange for negative comments about then-mayor Adrian Fenty during the 2010 campaign. Brown is under investigation for directing more than $200,000 in campaign funds to a firm controlled by his brother during his 2008 bid for an at-large council seat.
In January, Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. resigned after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $350,000 in city money earmarked for youth sports programs. He is expected to serve 3 to 4 years in prison.
Federal officials now appear to be taking a comprehensive look at how politicians in the district fund their campaigns and the influence of corporate money in city politics. In addition to all documents related to Thompson, the subpoenas also ask for documentation about any people or entities that made the maximum legal contribution to campaigns.
Thompson’s firm, Chartered Health Plan, has a contract with the city worth more than $300 million.
The elected officials and their campaigns were asked to submit the documents by Friday, the council employee said.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the subpoenas. The office does not comment on ongoing investigations as a matter of policy.
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