Ex-Candidate Charged on Campaign Contributions

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WASHINGTON — A former candidate for the D.C. Council has been charged with conspiring to receive and conceal excess campaign contributions during his run for office.

Fifty-three-year-old Kelvin Robinson was charged Tuesday in a criminal complaint in Superior Court.

Prosecutors allege that businessman Jeffrey Thompson contributed money for Robinson’s 2010 campaign by transferring funds through companies to disguise the source of the contributions.

The complaint alleges that Thompson made contributions of more than $26,000. Prosecutors say Robinson and Thompson filed false forms with Washington’s Office of Campaign Finance.

The D.C. Campaign Act limits the amount an individual and entity can contribution to a council candidate to $1,000.

In March, Thompson pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges. Prosecutors alleged that Thompson took part in a “shadow campaign” to help elect Mayor Vincent Gray.

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