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The Thompson Network Breakdown

LL has had a couple requests (okay, just one) to list how much in campaign contributions that can be linked in some way to big wig Jeffrey Thompson (the subject of this week's column) have been given to each sitting member of the D.C. Council.

As you can see below, the Thompson network has been generous with almost everybody—even Councilmember David Catania, who spent part of yesterday afternoon characterizing Thompson as a crook in front of the mayor, most of his cabinet, the council and a few reporters.

As for the numbers, the same caveats from the column apply: LL might have missed some donors in the Thompson network (actually, LL's almost positive he did, thanks to the imperfect setup for searching D.C. campaign contributions), and LL might have included some donations that have nothing to do with Thompson. And here's two more things to consider: Donation limits vary by office; the cap is $500 for ward races, $1,000 for at-large races, and $1,500 for council chairman races. So those who run for citywide races are likely to have received more money. Figures below represent the total amount given in the last decade, which means those pols who have run more often (like Councilmember Vincent Orange) will have also likely received more dough.

Got it? Good, here's the list:

  • At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange: $99,700
  • Council Chairman Kwame Brown: $32,500
  • At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown: $22,750
  • At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson: $19,500
  • Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser: $18,600
  • At-Large Councilmember David Catania: $15,750
  • Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.: $10,000
  • Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander: $9,600
  • Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry: $8,550
  • Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham: $8,000
  • Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans: $4,500
  • Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh: $1,000
  • Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells: $0

As for the executive branch, former Mayor Adrian Fenty got about $100,000, and Mayor Vince Gray about $90,000. Both of them were on the council before moving up—but you knew that already.

Comments

  1. #1

    Jack Evans: $0?

  2. #2

    @ Dubster, oops, I updated to include Evans.

  3. #3

    How much did he give to Suliamon Brown? And was that amount included in the contribution totals to Gray?

  4. #4

    Winners = Evans, Cheh, and Wells.

  5. #5

    I would be interesting to know the names of the contributors that you included on your list as Thompson affiliated contributors. It would be fascinating to see a spreadsheet of contributions and the candidate supported since typically this type of political kingmaker doesn't back one candidate only. They give money to both sides. So while there is $0 listed for Tommy Wells how much went to his opponent?

    I hope all of the council members helped to to assemble the list since bundling makes it easy to identify who is in the Thompson network of contributors.

    And lastly, the council members could identify the other bundlers though I doubt they are much interested in doing so. I think every corporation knows that the highest rate of return comes from investing in politicians.

  6. #6

    Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells: $0 is true ?

  7. Tired o' the Bull
    #7

    Great work and thanks to the questioner who started the ball rolling....

    So,how many campaigns have WALMART's tentacles in them? No doubt Ms. Bowser who welcomed not one but two stores in Ward 4 despite two different ANCs' resolutions who opposed the notoriously poor employer/big box.

    R.E.E.L.'s survey results revealed Ms. Bowser's recent pledge to support affordable housing through good paying jobs. Really?

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