D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson made himself indispensable to politicians as a top fundraiser with extensive connections.
Marion Barry is a D.C. Council member and former four-term mayor. He picked local businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson to serve on his 1994 mayoral transition team and later selected him to serve on a search committee for the city’s chief financial officer. “He never forgot where he came from,” Barry said of Thompson. “He never did. My view of friendship is very easy. You’re a friend when they’re up, and you’re a friend when their down. Doesn’t mean you have to agree with everything your friend says and does. But genuine loyalty is very important.” Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Buy Photo