A second key member of Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 mayoral campaign has been charged in a broadening campaign finance investigation that is targeting high-level District officials.
The charges came Wednesday, a day after a close Gray friend and campaign staffer pleaded guilty to a federal charge of obstructing justice and to three D.C. election law violations that involved secret payments to a minor candidate in the hopes of bolstering his boss’s election prospects.
The new charges and Tuesday’s plea deal, which came with an extensive cooperation clause, signal that federal authorities are hoping that the two lower-level aides can help them build cases against others who worked on Gray’s campaign.
Federal authorities also are scrutinizing a prominent D.C. contractor, Jeffrey Thompson, and his extensive ties to the mayor, his administration and D.C. Council members. Thompson’s house and offices were raided by federal agents in March, and authorities have served federal grand jury subpoenas on a number of D.C. Council members seeking records of their dealings with the contractor.