The man from Bull Savannah

Jeffrey Thompson prized his political connections, none more so than civil rights icon Dorothy Height. (Jason Miccolo Johnson)
Jeffrey Thompson prized his political connections, none more so than civil-rights icon Dorothy Height. (Jason Miccolo Johnson)

From the humblest of roots in rural Jamaica, Jeffrey E. Thompson grew into a classic American rags-to-riches story. But to maintain those riches, it becomes increasingly apparent, he put everything at risk. The Post’s Nikita Stewart has the definitive portrait of Thompson – the self-proclaimed “governor” who cultivated political connections and now appears likely to face criminal charges for his role in orchestrating long-running campaign finance corruption schemes. The story stretches from the village of Bull Savannah to a exclusive 1998 gathering of Anthony Williams’s top fundraisers to a Cathedral Heights apartment where Thompson met with Mayor Vincent C. Gray to discuss what would eventually become known as the “shadow campaign.”

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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 · July 12, 2013