A ‘highly unusual financial relationship’

February 7, 2013

Why Jeffrey Thompson’s money ended up in a top lobbyist’s bank account is a mystery. (C-SPAN)

The financial relationship between D.C.’s former leading political donor and its current leading city hall lobbyist is a lot more intimate than previously known, according to this week’s Loose Lips column from Alan Suderman. According to records contained in a seven-year-old federal lawsuit, health-and-accounting mogul Jeffrey E. Thompson — implicated in straw donation schemes and the Vincent Gray “shadow campaign” — and superlobbyist David W. Wilmot had a “highly unusual financial relationship” that involved large sums of Thompson’s money ending up in Wilmot’s bank account. One 2005 payment landed months before Wilmot cut checks from the same account to two groups that then offered campaign donations to candidates also backed by Thompson, as well as a former D.C. Council member. Why was Thompson’s money flowing through Wilmot’s account? Unclear, Suderman reports: “I’ve known Jeff for 40 years,” Wilmot said in a deposition, “and these directives have gone on for as long as I’ve known Jeff.”

In other news:

The DCPS/charter enrollment gap narrows to 57 percent/43 percent (PostExaminerDCist)

The District’s latest great tech-economy hope: “1776″ (Capital BusinessWBJDCistHousing Complex)

Family Research Council shooter pleads guilty, says he wanted to “smother” employees with Chick-fil-A sandwiches (PostBladeWaTimes)

David Catania is “more likely than not” going to run for mayor, according to Tom Sherwood’s sources (WRC-TV)

Chandra Levy trial judge defends decision to seal latest proceedings (Crime SceneWUSA-TV)

Vincent Gray would not utter “Redskins” in the State of the District (Sports Bog)

“It’s time to take a stand” on such things, says Bob McCartney (Post column)

Albrecht Muth might be in a hospital bed, but judge refuses to move his trial date (Post)

Man shot by police had been hiding in ex-wife’s basement with knife (Post)

Vincent Gray’s SOTD sure sounded like a campaign speech (WRC-TV)

Clinton Yates does not care for your sports metaphors, Vince Gray (The Root DC)

A year after Occupy eviction, McPherson Square is pretty much back to normal (@timcraigpostDCist)

An easy procurement reform: Start posting subcontractors on the Web (Loose Lips)

Tenants try to buy an Adams Morgan rooming house (Housing Complex)

D.C. hotels did not repeat their 2009 inauguration windfall (WBJ)

More growth = less parking (WRC-TV)

United Medical Center turnaround contract will get hearing (WaTimes)

Who’s to blame for breakdown in police and fire union negotiations? (Examiner)

Third time’s a charm: Guilty verdict in Prince Okori murder (Post)

Surprise $25,000 award for Anne Beers Elementary third-grade teacher (Post)

Michael Brown’s winning formula: “I have high-name recognition and I know how to build a citywide operation for the campaign” (Informer)

Chuck Thies hangs up his radio headphones — for now (City Desk)

Phil Mendelson says he’ll ride herd on procurement office (Examiner)

Belarus shames America over D.C.’s lack of voting rights (DCist)

Man really likes robbing the same 7-Eleven, according to police (PostTitan of Trinidad)

Which super-luxe hotel will occupy CityCenter? (WBJ)

The Yards will have plenty of surface parking for the foreseeable future (WBJ)

Reggie Walton is America’s new spy judge (Secrecy News)

Man, 23, charged with beating grandfather to death last month (Crime Scene)

The case for taking chances in government (GGW)

Doug Jemal looks to upzone Hecht’s warehouse (Titan of Trinidad)

No mo’ ombo? (Washingtonian)

That’s a lotta falafel (WBJ)

The area’s epic snow drought (Capital Weather Gang)

You could be D.C. Water’s waterdrop mascot (City Desk)

The legend of D.C.’s first auto fatality (Post column)

Watch out, Scott Bolden: Gloria Allred is now a member of the D.C. Bar (In the Loop)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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