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D.C. Businessman Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal, D.C. Campaign Finance Laws

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A D.C. businessman pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges in connection with secretly channeling more than $3.3 million in illegal campaign donations to at least 28 political campaigns, the FBI announced.

Jeffrey E. Thompson, 58, pleaded built to two conspiracy charges – conspiring to violate federal campaign finance laws and failure to comply with D.C. laws government campaign finances.

A Sentencing date was not set.

“Election after election, Jeff Thompson huddled behind closed doors with corrupt candidates, political operatives, and businessmen, devising schemes to funnel millions of dollars of corporate money into local and federal elections,” U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said. “Today’s guilty plea pulls back the curtain on years of widespread corruption. With Mr. Thompson’s cooperation, we have the opportunity to hold many wrongdoers accountable and to usher in a new era of honesty, integrity, and transparency in D.C. politics.”

Virginia Gov. McDonnell Under Investigation Over Company Paying $15,000 for Daughter’s Wedding

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell after a campaign donor paid for catering and flowers at his daughter’s wedding, The Atlantic reports.

The probes centers around whether McDonnell violated campaign finance laws when Star Scientific picked up the $15,000 tab for food and flowers at the wedding in 2011. 

The governor said he never reported the donation because it was for his daughter, not him, The Atlantic wrote.

Virginia law only requires donation disclosure for contributions made to an office holder.

McDonnell lobbied vigorously for the company in the past, The Atlantic reported.

Jury Selection to Begin in John Edwards Trial in N.C.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s crunch time for ex-Presidential hopeful John Edwards.

Jury selection is set to begin Thursday in federal court in Greensboro, N.C. for Edwards,58, who faces charges that he violated campaign finance laws and accepted illegal contributions, the News Observer reports.

The trial is sure to bring out embarrassing details of his affair while his wife was dying of cancer.

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Fed Grand Jury in N.C. Probing John Edwards

John Edwards

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It continues to be a bumpy road for once upon a time presidential hopeful John Edwards, who also ran as vice president in 2004.

The Associated Press reports that a federal grand jury in Raleigh, N.C., is investigating whether he violated campaign finance laws and knew about money used to cover up his extra-marital affair and out-of-wedlock baby.

AP reports that investigators are homing in on whether the funds from outside groups used to cover up his affair should have been considered campaign donations.

Edwards’ attorney Wade Smith told AP: “We do not believe there is evidence that John has violated any election laws.”

AP reported that the probe is being led by Raleigh U.S. Attorney George Holding, a George Bush appointee. AP reported that North Carolina’s senators have asked the president to hold off on replacing Holding until the probe is completed.