Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Smith’

The Case Against Vince Gray, Explained

The shadow campaigns, the straw donors, and the mayor

Former Ward 1 Candidate Jeff Smith Gets 60 Days in Jail on Jeff Thompson Charge

Former Ward 1 D.C. Council candidate Jeff Smith came to D.C. Superior Court today to be sentenced, but he didn't take it quietly. When he got a chance to talk, Smith accused U.S. Attorney Ron Machen's prosecutors of a list of misdeeds in their investigation of the illicit shadow campaign he received from campaign-crime impresario Jeff Thompson, from threatening to prosecute [...]

Former Ward 1 Candidate Jeff Smith Admits Covering Up Jeff Thompson Money

Former D.C. Council Ward 1 candidate Jeff Smith pleaded guilty in court this afternoon to lying about receiving illicit help from shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson, just hours after being charged with the crime.
Smith, 40, failed to oust Councilmember Jim Graham in his 2010 campaign, despite what he admitted amounted to more than $140,000 in off-the-books aid from two of [...]

Ex-Ward 1 Candidate Jeff Smith Charged in Jeff Thompson Case

The federal pursuit of D.C. Council candidates accused of getting illicit help from shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson continues. After scoring a guilty plea from one-time at-large hopeful Kelvin Robinson earlier this month, prosecutors filed a charge today accusing former Ward 1 candidate Jeff Smith of also covering up off-the-books aid from Thompson.
Smith, a former member of the District's school board, [...]

Jim Graham on Jeff Thompson’s Support for Opponent: “I Have Been Seriously Victimized”

Among the candidates D.C. campaign finance figure Jeff Thompson backed illegally, according to information filed by prosecutors in connection with Thompson's guilty plea today, was Jeff Smith, who ran a losing Democratic primary campaign against Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham in 2010. Smith, who finished 35 percentage points behind Graham (but four votes ahead of fellow challenger Bryan [...]

Money Orders Abound for Thompson-Backed Candidates

Yesterday, LL noted and WAMU's Patrick Madden detailed that Councilmember Vincent Orange's campaign last year accepted several thousand dollars worth of donations in the form of $1,000 money orders, according to his campaign records. Most of the money orders came from people or businesses with ties to Jeff Thompson, the contractor and donor whose home [...]

OCF Fines Jeff Smith

The Office of Campaign Finance has fined former Ward 1 candidate Jeff Smith $3,400 for not filing requested financial information about his campaign.
At issue is the fact that Smith's campaign, which got 3,159 votes in a losing effort to Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, didn't file campaign finance reports for October and December in a [...]

Loose Lips Daily: Gray Wins, But You Already Knew That Edition

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Adrian Fenty Kinda, Sorta Tries To Concede
Gray: “Only If We All Work Together Can We Move This City Forward”
Bustin’ Loose at Vince Gray’s Party
Tension Lifting [...]

Loose Lips Daily: Robocalls and Yard Sign Theft Edition

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New Gray Ad: He cares, he really cares

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Jim Graham Responds To Ted Loza Question

Today on Kojo, Ward One's councilmember candidates held a spirited debate. Near the end of the hour, a caller asked incumbent Councilmember Jim Graham about his ties to ex-staffer Ted Loza. Last fall, Loza was indicted on bribery charges. We wrote about their complicated and troubling relationship after Loza was indicted. But Graham has been [...]