News of Moore’s alleged role in a secret get-out-the-vote effort for Clinton’s 2008 campaign has thrust her out from that behind-the-scenes spot where she has comfortably operated for decades. Now, according to court documents and interviews, she is a potentially key figure in an investigation into an allegedly far-reaching, off-the-books campaign.
“Minyon has been in this city for years operating aboveboard,” said political analyst Donna Brazile, who described Moore as one of her best friends. “When Minyon sees a wrong, she tries to make it right.”
The pro-Clinton spending, which was not reported, was revealed Wednesday in court documents and interviews. They are part of a broader, 18-month investigation into D.C. businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson and are not expected to lead to a separate criminal probe into Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 campaign, people familiar with the case said.
In a statement this week, Dewey Square Group, the consulting firm where Moore works, said Moore has been “fully cooperating” with the federal investigation and “was entirely unaware of any inappropriate activities.”
The court documents show that Thompson secretly pumped more than $600,000 into a canvassing effort on behalf of Clinton in at least four states during her primary battle against Barack Obama, who was then a senator. The documents do not name Moore but describe a person affiliated with the campaign whom several people with knowledge of the case identified as Moore.
According to the documents, Moore helped connect Thompson to a New York marketing executive who headed the canvassing effort. That executive, Troy White, pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor tax charges. White appears to have been one of those young operatives whom Moore liked to take under her wing, according to people who know Moore and are learning more about White this week.
Moore, 55, heads Dewey Square’s multicultural and state and local affairs practices.
Known as “Minnie,” she was described in interviews with friends as a master political strategist, an effective organizer and a philanthropist who prefers that her donations remain anonymous. Even in organizing events, like the recent 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, she likes to remain uncredited.
Moore, who lives in 16th Street Heights, is so shy that she was embarrassed last month at the funeral of New York political strategist William Lynch when singer Bebe Winans announced that Moore had requested a song. “She almost hid under the pew,” Brazile said.