- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors are seeking six months of home confinement for the architect of a campaign finance conspiracy in the District of Columbia, and they’re not fully explaining their reasoning to the public.

Businessman Jeffrey Thompson pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and admitted funneling millions of illicit dollars into city, state and federal campaigns. He set up a $660,000 slush fund that aided Democrat Vincent Gray’s 2010 election as Washington’s mayor. Several other people who worked on Gray’s campaign pleaded guilty to felonies. Gray was not charged.

Prosecutors say Thompson was helpful with their investigation, but he provided “assistance that did not result in public charges.” On Monday, the judge agreed to prosecutors’ request to keep under seal the details of that help.

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