Posts Tagged ‘Ron Machen’

Morning Links

Mayoral candidates face weather, low turnout ahead of primary. [Post, Times]
School lottery information expected to be released today. [Post]
The Vince Gray motorcade hits the streets on a rainy weekend. [LL]
Gray campaign spends $5,000 on crafty Express ad buy. [Post]
Deep-pocketed donors flock to Muriel Bowser. [Post]
Gray-backed "Muriel Not Ready" campaign releases a new video. [LL]
Gray tops the latest Mayoral Power Rankings. [LL]
Voters [...]

Gray Donor Files Ethics Complaint Against Ron Machen

U.S. Attorney Ron Machen has been investigating Vince Gray's 2010 campaign for three years, but one District lawyer thinks Machen should be the subject of an investigation of his own. In a letter to the D.C Bar's Board of Professional Responsibility today, attorney and Gray supporter Brian Lederer calls for the bar to consider sanctions against Machen.
Lederer says Machen [...]

Gray Friend Thomas Gore Released From Federal Custody

The federal investigation into Vince Gray's 2010 campaign has gone on so long that the only person sent to prison for it so far is already out. Just in time for election day!
Gray 2010 operative Thomas Gore was released from a D.C. area halfway house Friday, according to the Bureau of Prisons' website. A federal judge sentenced Gore in [...]

Marion Barry Endorses Vince Gray In Ward 8

Pulling on a Vince Gray campaign shirt this afternoon, mayor-for-life/Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry declared that even U.S. Attorney Ron Machen can't stop Gray's re-election bid.
"He's in it to win it, regardless of what the U.S. Attorney does," Barry said.
Barry, who endorsed Gray in the basement of Matthews Memorial Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, added [...]

Lanny Davis: Leave Vince Gray Alone

Vince Gray has spent the days following Jeff Thompson's guilty plea doing reputation damage control. Now he's getting some help from an unlikely source: crisis manager Lanny Davis.
Since working as Bill Clinton's special counsel in the 1990s, Davis has lent his talents to such luminaries as Penn State University amid the Jerry Sandusky scandal and various African dictators. (He also helped Pigskins owner Dan Snyder in [...]

Now That Jeff Thompson Is Down, Who’s Next?

The mastermind behind five years of illicit District campaigning headed to the federal courthouse Monday to show his work.
And what a job he’d done—Jeff Thompson detailed how he spent more than two million dollars on off-the-books campaigns and disguised campaign contributions to politicians across the country in attempts to secure lucrative contracts for his companies. [...]

Vincent Orange Will Also Respond to Vince Gray’s State of the District Address

Vince Gray's mayoral challengers can't stop talking about last night's State of the District speech. Muriel Bowser responded on D.C. community television, and Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal did his own event on something called Vonvo.
Tonight, At-Large Councilmember and mayoral hopeful Vincent Orange will take the airwaves for yet another response to Gray's speech. Orange's speech from [...]

Morning Links

Shadow campaign mastermind Jeff Thompson pleads guilty, implicates Vince Gray. [LL, Post, Times, AP, WAMU, Post, LL]
David Catania will run for mayor. [LL, WAMU]
U.S. Attorney Ron Machen: it's "just the tip of the iceberg." [LL]
Gray: It's all "lies." [Post]
Thompson straw donations spread widely around District politics. [LL]
Thompson's shadow campaigns in three charts. [LL]
Colby King: Gray will have to say more than that. [Post]

Jeff Thompson’s Shadow Campaigns In Three Charts

Between the straw donations and the multitude of shadow campaigns, keeping track of Jeff Thompson's individual campaign finance misdeeds can be tricky. It's convenient, then, the U.S. Attorney's Office has summed the whole thing up in three charts.
Here's a list of which candidate each of the alphabet soup of names appears to correspond with, based on [...]

Here’s What Jeff Thompson Says He Did

Federal prosecutors and Jeff Thompson, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges today in U.S. District Court, have agreed on this statement of offenses detailing his campaign finance misdeeds in D.C. and U.S. politics. Read it here: