FBI investigators are trying to determine whether donations were concealed in violation of campaign laws, according to several people familiar with the investigation. City law requires the disclosure of all campaign donations to the Office of Campaign Finance.
Separately, The Washington Post has discovered discrepancies between an internal campaign list of nearly 2,750 contributions and reports that the Gray campaign filed with the campaign finance agency. The names of dozens of those donors do not appear in documents filed with the agency, according to a Post analysis.
The federal investigation — entering its 21st month — continues to hang over Gray, who made promises of greater integrity and transparency during his campaign for mayor. The mayor has said repeatedly that he will not comment on the investigation because it is ongoing. But in a brief interview Tuesday, he said he was surprised by the most recent allegations. “I’m astounded,” said Gray, who has denied any wrongdoing. “I’m incredulous.”
More people interviewed
In recent weeks, investigators have interviewed Barbara Lang, president and chief executive of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce and a new board member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, according to two other people, who have knowledge of the probe and who requested anonymity to speak freely.
Investigators asked Lang whether the Gray campaign chairman, Lorraine Green, told her that contributions from hesitant donors could be accepted without being reported, the two people said. Investigators also talked to Lang’s husband, Gerald, who was a member of the Gray campaign finance committee.
A. Scott Bolden, an attorney for the Langs, said they were interviewed by the FBI, but he declined to give details of the meetings.
“I can confirm that my clients, like several others, have been contacted by the FBI in connection with the Gray investigation and that both of them were open, honest and forthright in their interviews and are mere witnesses — not targets or subjects of the investigation. I remain confident that their status will not change,” Bolden said in a statement. “Furthermore, my understanding of those interviews is that neither of them knew very much and have little, if any, information to provide the U.S. Attorney concerning the Gray campaign’s fundraising operation.”
Thomas C. Green, an attorney for Lorraine Green, no relation, declined to comment.