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Ex-Mayor Gray Aide Sentenced For Campaign Violations, Destroying Evidence

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — A former campaign aide to District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has been sentenced to six months in prison for committing campaign finance violations and destroying evidence.

Thomas Gore, the acting treasurer for Gray’s 2010 campaign in which Gray defeated incumbent Adrian Fenty in the Democratic primary, also received 180 days of home confinement with electronic monitoring at Friday’s sentencing.

The judge who sentenced Gore told him she was “not convinced you fully appreciate how much you’ve let down the people (of D.C.)”

Gore admitted that he made illegal payments to a minor candidate and shredded a notebook containing evidence of those payments. The candidate, Sulaimon Brown, was paid to stay in the race and make negative comments about Fenty.

Gore is one of three campaign aides to Gray who’ve pleaded guilty to felonies, and the investigation continues. The most serious charge involved $650,000 in illicit funds that prosecutors have said tainted Gray’s victory.

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