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Prosecutors: Mayor Gray knew about 'shadow' campaign

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Jeffrey Thompson, center, walks into Monday's plea hearing. Jeffrey Thompson, center, walks into Monday's plea hearing.
WASHINGTON - The D.C. businessman charged with conspiring to break campaign finance laws by funding a off-the-books campaigns for federal and local candidates, including D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, appeared in court on Monday afternoon.  According to prosecutors, Gray knew about the "shadow campaign" Jeffrey Thompson has admitted funding, and he told Gray to refer to him as "Uncle Earl" to conceal their dealings.  

FOX 5's Matt Ackland was in court for Monday's plea hearing.  Thompson appeared with two attorneys at his side.  In court, prosecutors detailed allegations that Gray knew, personally asking him to pay for the get out the vote campaign.  To keep his name out of it, Thompson told Gray to call him "Uncle Earl."

Prosecutors say Thompson insisted Gray meet with him in person when he asked for campaign help.  Gray met with Thompson before the 2010 election asking for more than $400,000 to get out the vote.  In all, prosecutors say Thompson gave Gray more than $600,000.  There are also allegations Thompson gave Gray's family and friends money. 

Following Monday's hearing, Gray told FOX 5's Matt Ackland the people of D.C. should know Jeffrey Thompson is lying.  He said Thompson did ask him to call him Uncle Earl, but that it was because Thompson was concerned about retribution from Adrian Fenty. 

Gray admits he met with Thompson many times, but says it was never to discuss anything illegal.  He told Ackland that Thompson (or others) never asked for payback after he was elected mayor. 

Thompson has pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges.

For complete details on the charges against Thompson, click here.  

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