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.