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    Known as the infamous political rainmaker who admitted to subverting elections in the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions with more than $2 million in questionable campaign cash, Jeffrey E. Thompson earned at least part of his fortune winning contracts scrubbing the financial books of government agencies.

  • ** FILE ** Jeffrey E. Thompson on March 20, 2012. (Courtesy of C-SPAN)

    Probed D.C. donor also gave in Virginia

    A high-profile campaign donor currently under federal investigation for his pattern of giving to D.C. politicians is also tied to more than $100,000 in contributions to Virginia candidates over the past 12 years.

  • Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (left) and state Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (right) are among Maryland politicians who have received large campaign contributions from Jeffrey E. Thompson and his extensive network of businesses and business associates. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Thompson's donor tentacles reach into Maryland

    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.

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  • "The crude notion that celebrities are persuasive, most of the time, for how people vote is just wrong. But I think celebrities are very important in certain situations: fundraising, attracting crowds and interest where it otherwise might not exist," says North Carolina State University political science professor Michael Cobb, who has researched whether celebrity endorsements affect voters.

    NYC mayor's race turns into a battle for celebrity endorsements →

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