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Video: Vince Gray Is Delighted to See Jeff Thompson

If you haven't read it yet, this week's column is about the highly unusual financial relationship between Jeff Thompson, the alleged financier of the "shadow campaign" federal prosecutors say helped Mayor Vince Gray win election, and David Wilmot, one of the city's top-paid lobbyists.

In the piece, LL shows how Thompson's money was routed through Wilmot's bank accounts to a company called Integrated Urban Solutions, which had ties to the former director of the city's health department. Court and campaign records show that in early 2006, Integrated Urban Solutions received a check from Thompson via Wilmot's account shortly after it made a donation to mayoral candidate Linda Cropp, for whose campaign Thompson was a major fundraiser.

LL didn't have space to report on some other connections between Integrated Urban Solutions and bold-face names in city politics. In its certification of organization filed in 2002, former Gray campaign aide Lloyd Jordan is listed as the company's organizer. Jordan, who used to run the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, says he doesn't recall the details of setting up Integrated Urban Solutions, but says his involvement with the company did not extend beyond helping in its creation.

In Integrated Urban Solution's 2003 status report to DCRA, the company's registered agent is listed as Elaine Crider, who Gray appointed last year to the board of the troubled United Medical Center. Crider did not respond to requests for comment, so it's not clear what role she had with the company. Integrated Urban Solutions did not file any more paperwork with DCRA until 2011, and those forms do not list Crider on them.

But in looking into her background, LL did stumble upon this video nugget (posted after the jump). It's a council hearing from December 2009 on Crider's then-nomination to the board of the University of the District of Columbia in which Thompson testified as a witness on Crider's behalf. Leading the council hearing was then D.C. Council Chairman Vince Gray, who was only a few months away from launching his mayoral bid in which Thompson allegedly played a major role.

(Start watching at the 13 minute mark. If it doesn't load on your computer, here is a direct link.)

Council hearings on board appointments are usually pro forma affairs, and this one is no different. There's no real substance to the video, but it's still mildly entertaining to watch the city's future mayor exchanges pleasantries with the man who liked be called "governor" before their names would be linked together forever.

"We're delighted to have Mr. Thompson here this afternoon. Welcome Mr. Thompson, we'd be delighted to hear your testimony," says Gray. Delighted!

In his brief remarks, Thompson says that the UDC board will be well served with Crider's addition.

“I’ve known her to be someone of upstanding character,” says Thompson. His and Crider's paths probably crossed when she consulted with the District government in the early part of the last decade as it expanded health insurance coverage to the poor, a move that helped the Thompson-owned Chartered Health Plan.

“Her accomplishments in the health care community is [sic] tremendous,” Thompson says.

Thompson has also long been a huge UDC booster. He's an alum and served on UDC's board during former Mayor Tony Williams' administration. But the school began distancing itself from Thompson after the FBI raided his house and office last year, booting him from its fundraising foundation and rejecting a bid to put Thompson's longtime masseur, Richard Evans, on the UDC board.

 

  • duh

    are you serious, ll? gray said delighted? wow. pleasantries? you must not have much to do.

  • noodlez

    TYPICAL SEWERMAN MIRRORING THOSE COWBAMMAS HE LOVE;
    SHOW SIGNS OF GREATNESS WITH WILMOT & THOMPSON RESEARCH ARTICLE THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THIS WACKOCKERY???

    SLIM FIRST OF ALL EVERYONE IN THIS CITY KNEW THAT MAYOR GRAY WOULD HAVE WHIPPED FAGGIE FENTY WITH NO MORE THAN A CANDY FUNDRAISER SO THAT SHADOW CAMPAIGN CONDUCTED BY THOSE DUMBASSES WAS NOT ONLY OVERKILL BUT WINDOW DRESSING.

    I MUST ADMIT YOU ARE MAKING IMPROVEMENTS BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHAT SILLYMON BROWN IS UP TO THESE DAYS.

    ONE CITY.

  • SEis4ME

    Ok Alan, I read your extremely long report on the "connections" then I was drawn to this one by its headline. I ended my review w/a big QUESTION mark!!!

    Alan, can you even remotely understand why you are the subject of such ridicule when you post stuff like this? And it's from 3 years AGO!!!!!!

  • tony

    According to the today's Washington Post:

    "The Board of Ethics and Government Accountability held that Graham “abandoned his impartiality and demonstrated inappropriate preferential treatment” in offering his support for a particular lottery contract bidder in return for the same bidder’s withdrawal from a real estate project. That offer, the board said, broke at least three provisions of the employee code of conduct.

    Graham was motivated, the board said, to transfer the real estate project to a favored development firm that had given him campaign donations."

    As long Mr. Graham and other white politicians are allowed to get a free pass for their questionable conduct any allegations concerning corruption against black politicians will always be seen as being racist and selective.

    In other words, the white press folks are wasting their damn time because the black community, in general, is not going to throw these black politicians under the bus in such a racially charged political environment.

    Words to the wise is sufficient.

  • DC Guy

    White resident here. Graham needs to go, right away.

  • truth hurts

    Agree with #5.

    Noodlez: Not everyone in the city knew it, certainly not one city. The US atty has sworn testimony from more than one source, and corroborating evidence as well, proving he authorized the shadow campaign. Take that to the bank.

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  • noodlez

    @TRU-DON'T WRITE A CHECK YOUR BEHIND CAN'T CASH!
    ARE YOU RUNNING A SHADOW INVESTIGATION?
    HOW YOU KNOW ALL THIS?
    ALSO WHAT IS BROTHER RON WAITING ON IF HE HAVE THE GOODS ON MAYOR GRAY?

    LETS FOCUS ON GRAHAMASTER JIM AND SEE IF HE GETS SENT TO THE WOODSHED(HE ACTUALLY MAY LIKE THAT) LIKE MAYOR GRAY DID TO HIS BOY BARRY.

    ONE CITY.

  • truth hurts

    noodlez -- you know I'm not giving out those details here. When it's over, let's have a sit down ... I'll tell you then.

    Re Graham, i know you know I've been saying for years he needs to go. Way back when Loza handed him that cash filled envelope Graham kept mum about.

  • peter rosenstein

    Wasn't this called yellow journalism. Alan I often wonder if anything is to low for your column and I am beginning to think the answer is no. I assume since you feel anyone that was polite to Jeff Thompson is guilty of something other than being a decent human being. I would like tapes of all the people you have said hello to and maybe we will find your reporting is biased if you didn't later go after them for something. This column is really a new low even for you.

  • Rake

    Ha ha! Delighted. Reminds me of this gem:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/afge/4684697885/

    Awesome judgement is a onecitidiot hallmark.

    But I agree Tony/ Noodlez, etc - Graham has got to go, and now.

  • Ichabod

    Too bad there isn't some kind of sex scandal aspect to all of this to really kick it up a notch.

  • SKIP

    I'm glad Alan you finally attended via video your first City Council meeting. Being tackful and professional in a greeting usually includes being delighted or pleased or thrilled or such resepctful language to a member of the community.
    If you can tease a column with such claptrap so you can repeat the same issues over and over, go get a real job like in the post's obit page.

  • ToTheContrary

    Makes me support the Mayor all the more.

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