Gray Campaign Aide at Center of ‘Shadow Campaign’ Scandal Due in Court

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WASHINGTON — The former campaign aide to District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray who admitted facilitating a $650,000 “shadow campaign” is due to make a court appearance.

Eugenia “Jeanne” Clarke Harris is one of three former Gray campaign aides who’ve pleaded guilty to felonies related to Gray’s 2010 Democratic primary campaign against incumbent Adrian Fenty.

Harris’ plea was the widest-reaching and led to calls for Gray’s resignation. She admitted to conspiring with a district businessman to funnel $650,000 in unreported funds into Gray’s campaign. Prosecutors said Gray’s victory was tainted because voters didn’t know the source of the funds.

Harris is due in court Monday morning for a status conference. A sentencing date has not been set. Federal guidelines call for her to receive between 2 ½ and 3 years in prison.

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