All told, Brooks is said to have bought, signed or otherwise handled $7,810 in money orders.
Besides the $2,000 straw donation and the payments to Brown, Brooks is said to have given a second $2,000 straw donation in the name of a friend. Campaign-finance records show a donation matching the description in court documents coming from a Brooks neighbor, Leroy Ellis, who also worked on the Gray campaign.
Brooks was a consultant to Gray’s campaign and transition teams, getting paid a combined $78,500 for unspecified work. Campaign workers and court documents have described him as being part of the campaign’s fundraising apparatus.
Before Brown’s allegations, Brooks was not a prominent or well-known figure in the campaign or in city politics generally. His appearance in Kollar-Kotelly’s courtroom Thursday afternoon was the first time many longtime political observers in the audience had laid eyes on him.
Brooks gave a brief interview to The Post for its initial story about Brown’s allegations. He denied making any payments and explained records of numerous phone calls with Brown by saying he had spoken to several rival candidates during the Gray campaign. Since then, Brooks has declined to comment publicly.
Gray has denied any knowledge of the payments, and prosecutors have not implicated him in the scheme outlined in the Gore and Brooks cases.
Brown alleged that Brooks acted in concert with campaign chairwoman Lorraine A. Green, a close confidante of Gray’s.
With two lower-level campaign aides now having admitted to the payoff scheme, eyes now turn to Green. She is a longtime friend of Brooks’s who is said to have brought him on to the Gray campaign and was associated with him in recent lottery dealings.
Two people familiar with the investigation said “Person A” is Green.
Green initially denied Brown’s claims, calling them “ridiculous.” She has remained silent since the allegations surfaced, but her attorney, Thomas C. Green, said this week that she had “cooperated completely with the investigation.”
Staff writers Nikita Stewart and Del Quentin Wilber contributed to this report.