A fuller accounting


The firm Jeffrey E. Thompson built gave him up as the alleged mastermind of a decadelong straw campaign donation scheme. (C-SPAN)

Thirty years ago, Jeffrey E. Thompson founded an accounting firm and proceeded to build Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio and Associates into one of the largest minority-owned firms in the country. The house Thompson built began to crumble when federal agents raided its offices last March, revealed a wide-ranging campaign finance investigation, and Thompson left the firm within months. And late Friday, the company now known as Bazilio Cobb Associates disclosed that firm employees, over the course of a decade, had been “ensnared by the aggressive solicitation of campaign contributions” — that is, reimbursed for their political donations with funds from the firm and from Thompson personally. Those kinds of “straw donations” are very much against the law, and one BCA employee has already been charged with a federal campaign finance violation. Will more charges follow? The firm said its leadership “will take responsibility for any actions or inactions that wittingly or unwittingly facilitated this conduct” and that it is “relieved that the cloud it has been under for the past 15 months will lift soon.” More from WAMU-FM and Loose Lips.

In other news:

Ron Machen says there’s a “broken system” of political influence; D.C. Council members aren’t so sure (PostWAMU-FM)

Is Marion Barry above the city’s ethics rules? (Post editorial)

Thomas Penfield Jackson, the federal judge who sentenced Barry to prison in 1990, died Saturday at 76 (Post)

Graduating at the top of a DCPS high school class is far from a guarantee of college success (Post)

The case for a living wage for large retailer employees (Post letters)

And the case against (Capital Business)

Howard University lays off staff amid board’s debate over future (Post)

Frederick Douglass statue should remind Congress of the injustice of D.C. voting rights (Post editorial)

Still no comment from Vincent Gray on federal investigations (WJLA-TV)

David Catania still thinks he should resign; “no way under God’s green earth” he didn’t know about shadow campaign (WRC-TV)

Jonetta: “That sound you hear is [Michael Brown]’s father screaming from his grave.” (Post)

Michael Brown “disgraced his father’s name” (Post letter)

“Mayor Gray Looks and Sounds Like a Candidate in Tommy Wells’ Ward” (Capitol Hill Corner)

Safeway rethinks its presence in a growing and affluent District (Capital Business)

Flag Day’s fine, but D.C. Flag Day’s better (PostWAMU-FM)

David Catania and Gray administration bicker over scheduling (Loose Lips)

Build “flyover ramps” for New York Avenue, says Deborah Simmons (WaTimes)

Only a handful of D.C. doctors are willing to prescribe marijuana (City Desk)

Fewer poor children are receiving free summer meals (Poverty & Policy)

A bicyclist’s young assailant learns a lesson (GGW)

D.C.’s small theater companies are facing a “space crunch” (Post)

Help them out by fixing the zoning (GGW)

Sweetgreen is D.C.’s hometown contribution to the “fast casual” market (Capital Business)

In response to district judge’s ruling, Supreme Court slightly modifies protest regulations (DCist)

Former Rep. Allen West says D.C.’s black neighborhoods demonstrate the “decimation of progressive socialist policies that have broken down the family unit” (DCist)

Plenty of folks out there think decriminalizing marijuana possession is not a good idea (WJLA-TV)

Arrest made in June 1 killing on Benning Road NE (AP)

Former D.C. Jail guard pleads guilty to smuggling conspiracy (WNEW-FM)

Eight-year prison term for man who posed as D.C. official, tried to take car (WJLA-TV)

With MPD skipping this year’s contest, Capitol Police are your law enforcement burger-eating champions (Post)

See the 9:30 Club back when it was Duke Ellington’s (Going Out Guide)

Father’s Day barbecue in Michigan Park is the stuff of legend (Post)

“Man Chews U Street Tree” (DCist)

When people talk about Frager’s customer service, they aren’t kidding (Post letter)

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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Mike DeBonis · June 14, 2013