- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Federal prosecutors are reportedly asking several D.C. government officials for all records related to Jeffrey E. Thompson, his companies and his associates as part of a probe into campaign-finance issues emanating from the prolific donor, who holds a lucrative managed-care contract in the District worth more than $300 million per year.

The subpoenas seek documents dating back to 2003 relating to Mr. Thompson, his accounting firm of Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates and his health care-related entities - D.C. Chartered Health Plan and D.C. Healthcare Systems Inc. NBC Washington first reported the subpoenas.

Mr. Thompson has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but a raid on his home and offices on March 2 sent shock waves through the John A. Wilson Building and political campaigns ramping up for the April 3 primary elections.

Federal prosecutors have declined to elaborate on what they are looking for, although speculation has been rampant. Mayor Vincent C. Gray told reporters last week they should “let the investigation play out” instead of concluding the probe is related to allegations that cash from straw donors was put into money orders during his 2010 campaign.

Over the course of multiple campaigns, Mr. Thompson, his companies and his associates have donated $100,000 to both council member Vincent B. Orange, at-large Democrat, and former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty; $90,000 to Mr. Gray; and $33,000 to council Chairman Kwame R. Brown, according to a June report in the Washington City Paper.

Council member Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Democrat and reportedly the only city lawmaker with no ties to Mr. Thompson’s fundraising machine, said the issue smacks of “pay to play,” or the appearance of corporate influence of legislative decisions. He and council member Mary M. Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat, introduced a bill to eliminate corporate donations from the District’s political campaigns.

A group known as the D.C. Committee to Restore Public Trust is pushing a ballot initiative to ban corporate giving in D.C. politics. They picked up petitions from the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics on Tuesday to gather signatures for the measure.

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