D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson (center) leaves U.S. District Court in the District on Monday, March 10. Thompson has been charged with two felony counts connected to accusations of campaign finance conspiracy.
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The legend of "Uncle Earl" is a lesson in Black urban politics.
"I say this to all of you clearly and unequivocally, I did not break the law!" With those words, Mayor Vincent C. Gray began an unabashed defense of his innocence in a campaign corruption scandal that exploded Monday afternoon following an appearance in federal court of the man prosecutors say has tied Gray to campaign misdeeds.
Jeffrey Thompson, a well-connected D.C. businessman, was charged in federal court Monday with conspiring to violate federal and local campaign finance laws by illegally funding campaign activity for local and national candidates such as former New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray — a development that threatens to drastically alter the landscape of District politics.