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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - D.C. Chartered Health Plan
A Philadelphia-based health company is interested in purchasing a managed care firm in the District owned by the man at the center of a federal probe into Mayor Vincent C. Gray's 2010 campaign, D.C. insurance officials said Monday.
On the day before the D.C. financial control board returned city finances to local officials more than a decade ago, it approved a preliminary $1.8 million, no-bid deal with a company run by health care contractor Jeffrey E. Thompson to open a 24/7 health clinic for low-income residents of Southeast.
One of the companies that has emerged as a potential buyer for a troubled local health plan that covers many D.C. Medicaid recipients settled a $2 million fraud lawsuit filed by Kentucky state officials last year.
Myrtle Gomez and her company, Nursing Enterprises Inc., have donated more than $20,000 to D.C. and federal politicians over the years, even as the D.C.-based home health agency has struggled to pay years of overdue taxes.
A prolific campaign donor under federal investigation for contributions in D.C. elections is also linked to a quarter-million dollars given to Maryland politicians, including Gov. Martin O'Malley, two likely Democratic candidates for governor in 2014 and two prominent county executives over the past 13 years.
A key figure in the federal investigation into widespread campaign irregularities in Washington has twice faced misdemeanor criminal charges over election-law complaints in Maryland, records show.
More than a quarter-million dollars from a legal settlement between D.C. contractor and prolific political fundraiser Jeffrey E. Thompson and the D.C. government went to a favorite charity of Mr. Thompson's that also is a prominent client of his accounting firm, records show.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray has withdrawn his nomination of a health care consultant with ties to at least two city contractors to serve as an independent director on the board of the United Medical Center.
D.C. campaign-finance regulators were alerted long ago about potential violations involving big contributions to city politicians from businesses owned by D.C. contractor Jeffrey E. Thompson.
Businesses owned for years by prominent D.C. contractor Jeffrey Thompson engaged in a pattern of political giving that appears to run afoul of city campaign finance law, combining to give twice and sometimes three times the maximum donation to city politicians in a single day, records show.