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Federal prosecutors subpoenaed several council members for records related to contributions from Mr. Thompson’s network.

The raid and subsequent court orders involving Mr. Thompson, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, reverberated through the District and have renewed legislative efforts to ban corporate contributions to city campaigns.

The investigations also have had a psychological impact on city hall, namely how the council is perceived, Ms. Cheh said. But lawmakers are continuing work on the fiscal 2013 budget and bills are still moving through committees.

“It’s more subtle than saying we’ve been prevented from doing our work,” Ms. Cheh said.

For his part, Mr. Gray has said he is committed to doing the city’s business, despite the distractions emanating from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

“If he’s innocent, then [the harm to Mr. Gray] should not be irreparable,” Mr. Lightfoot said on WAMU. “I do think it’s time the mayor tells us what he knows.”

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