Spending in support of candidates must be reported by individuals funding independent expenditures — not by the candidate’s committee. The law also prohibits independent committees from coordinating directly with political campaigns or parties.
According to prosecutors, White maintained contact with Moore, who arranged for Clinton’s Texas campaign office to provide White’s “street team workers” with campaign-prepared materials — such as bumper stickers and yard signs. Moore also gave White “confidential internal information” about the campaign’s itinerary, according to the court filing.
“The paid street team workers and canvassers then were directed to attend these campaign events to show support for [Clinton] and disseminate and distribute [Clinton's] prepared materials,” according to the document signed by White.
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly asked White during the hearing whether there was “some cooperation” between the official campaign and his operation. White responded, “Yes.”
White’s attorney, Ross Nabatoff, declined to comment after the hearing.
Thompson has a long history of supporting Bill and Hillary Clinton, making donations to their political campaigns as well as to the family’s charitable foundation. According to campaign finance records, Thompson, his associates and his companies gave $65,500 to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, as well as a total of $11,950 to Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns.
In financing the White’s canvassing operation, Thompson allegedly funneled money from two of his companies through a third business, Belle International, owned by Jeanne Clarke Harris, his longtime associate, according to the documents.
Harris, a public relations consultant, pleaded guilty last year to participating in the alleged off-the-books campaign for Gray by funneling Thompson’s money through companies she owned.
White lists both Hillary Clinton and Obama as political clients.
Alice Crites, Mike DeBonis and Nikita Stewart contributed to this report.