District Crisis: DC Mayor denies knowledge of shadow campaign

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Mayor Vincent Gray denies knowing about any funds given to what is known as the "Shadow Campaign" of 2010.

Gray says there is no truth to Jeffrey Thompson's allegations about taking more than $566,000.

Bruce Johnson: "Did you know that Vernon Hawkins and Jeanne Clarke-Thompson had been meeting with Jeffrey Thompson to form a "shadow campaign?"

Mayor Gray: "No, I did not."

Bruce Johnson: "Thompson says you agreed with him and laid out a budget and you thanked him and called him "Uncle Earl." Is this true?"

Mayor Gray: "Those are lies, Bruce. The Uncle Earl part is the only part of that that's true and he asked me when he started raising money for my campaign, which I've acknowledged that, he said 'please refer to me as Uncle Earl because I don't want to be the recipient of retribution from the opponents' campaign, so don't call me by name, call me Uncle Earl.'"

The mayor then apologized for the actions of others during the interview with Bruce Johnson and then, again, denied any wrongdoing or knowledge of the "shadow campaign."

In an e-mail statement on Monday night, it said that the Gray 2014 campaign had filed its March 10, 2014 campaign finance report stating, "Vince Gray 2014 has raised a total of $1,122,494. After expenditures, the campaign has $710,393 on-hand." In the statement it said, "I am thankful to all the people who are supporting our campaign," said Mayor Vince Gray. "By working together we can overcome any challenge and uplift every District resident."


Thompson, Jeffrey - Signed Plea Agreement - March 2014

Thompson, Jeffrey - Signed Statement of Offense - March 2014

Thompson, Jeffrey Press Release 3-10-14

Thompson, Jeffrey E. - Stamped Information - March 2014


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