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Shortly after Mr. Johnson talked to The Times in November, he was reassigned and then later resigned, according to sources in the building industry who know him. He is now executive director of the Livable City Initiative in New Haven, Conn.

Neither Ms. Chatham, Mr. Fennell nor Mr. Johnson returned calls for this article.

Mr. Gray’s responses to OCF investigators also raise questions about the timing of his payment to WCS and the invoices he received. When visited by The Times in his office on Nov. 17, the day before the story was published, Mr. Gray first denied that William C. Smith Co. had done anything but oversee a renovation plan on which he never acted.

“All the work was done a couple years ago and had nothing to do with William C. Smith,” Mr. Gray told The Times. “If it doesn’t involve William C. Smith, then what does it matter who did it?”

Later that day, Gray spokeswoman Doxie McCoy acknowledged that subcontractors of the company had performed “minor repairs” at Mr. Gray’s house — some of which were completed without required permits, according to city officials. But she said at the time in a press release that OCF had “completely exonerated the chairman” for the work at his home.

On Monday, Ms. McCoy dismissed the matter entirely: “The Office of Campaign Finance has spoken and confirmed our assertions that the chairman engaged in no wrongdoing,” she said in an e-mail. “The matter is closed.”

As evidence to support his claim that he paid a fair price for the work, Mr. Gray gave OCF investigators copies of invoices. The OCF investigative file also contains a copy of a canceled check to WCS.

The documents show that all but one of the invoices were billed to WCS between July 30 and Aug. 31. Yet, a WCS general contractor’s invoice is not addressed to Mr. Gray until Oct. 30. The one invoice not billed to WCS during the summer was billed to the company on Oct. 28, the records show, but that invoice comes from District Electrical Services, a company whose business agent is Mr. Fennell, the William C. Smith Co. vice president.

Mr. Gray’s $10,051.04 check to WCS for electrical, carpentry, painting and cleaning services, and for the architect’s renovation plan, is dated Nov. 15 — 11 days after The Times began calling the company’s managers.

According to a letter from his attorney to OCF investigators, which requests that “documents provided by Mr. Gray not be disclosed publicly,” Mr. Gray’s check cleared on Nov. 17 — the day before The Times’ article, and the same day Mr. Gray said repairs at his house “had absolutely nothing to do with the company.”

The relationship between Mr. Gray and Mr. Smith dates to 1994, when Mr. Gray was executive director of Covenant House, a nonprofit homeless youth advocacy group now housed in THEARC, an arts and recreation center in Ward 7, where Mr. Gray was elected in 2004.

William C. Smith Co. controls more than $300 million in city-approved development projects in Ward 7 and in neighboring Ward 8. In September, Mr. Gray told constituents that he had raised substantial money to help finance THEARC, which was developed by William C. Smith Co.

Though Mr. Gray was cleared by OCF and paid no fines for the unauthorized work at his house last summer, another project from 2008 has resulted in punitive action.

For months, the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) asked Mr. Gray to apply for a permit for a 6-foot-high fence and a retaining wall he built in public space in 2008 without permits. An April 13 letter to Mr. Gray from Karina Ricks, associate DDOT director, enforcement for noncompliance would proceed “until a complete permit submission is made or the unpermitted work is removed from the public space.”

After receipt of three such letters, Mr. Gray, who hired former D.C. Attorney General Robert J. Spagnoletti to handle the matter, received two $300-a-day fines for three days last week, before filing a completed permit application on Monday, officials said.

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