- The Washington Times - Monday, May 2, 2016

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is bringing on a longtime aide who was allegedly at the center of a fundraising scheme tied to disgraced political financier Jeffrey Thompson as a senior adviser to her campaign, the New York Times reported Monday.

The New York Times reported Monday that Minyon Moore, a longtime Clinton adviser, will become a senior adviser on Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign focusing on political outreach and strategy.

But the paper did not mention her ties to the fund-raising scandals related to the 2010 Washington mayoral race, describing her as a “Longtime Clinton Insider” with extensive ties to both Bill and Hillary.

Ms. Moore was allegedly at the center of a 2008 fundraising scheme tied to Thompson, who was convicted of funding a “shadow campaign” for former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in 2010.

Thompson also pleaded guilty in 2014 to funneling more than $600,000 in illicit donations to Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 White House bid.

Court documents said a top Clinton campaign official — Ms. Moore — asked Thompson to pay for canvassers and “street teams” to reach minority voters in several key early-primary states during the 2008 Democratic presidential nominating contest.

A representative for Ms. Moore said in 2014 that she didn’t know Thompson was donating money illegally, and that she complied with campaign finance laws.

Prosecutors said Mrs. Clinton had no direct knowledge that Thompson was providing off-the-books contributions.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Ms. Moore had asked Thompson to fund the operation, first in Texas. Court papers identified Ms. Moore, who has denied any wrongdoing, as “Individual A.”

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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