The federal investigation into Vince Gray‘s 2010 campaign has gone on so long that the only person sent to prison for it so far is already out. Just in time for election day!
Gray 2010 operative Thomas Gore was released from a D.C. area halfway house Friday, according to the Bureau of Prisons’ website. A federal judge sentenced Gore in July to six months in custody for illicit work to help Gray get elected, despite claims that Gore had been blinded by his friendship with Gray. Gore’s attorney didn’t respond to LL’s request for comment.
While Jeff Thompson‘s shadow campaign on Gray’s behalf has been getting all the press lately, Gore made his name in the less grand but much more comical Sulaimon Brown escapade. Gore and other Gray campaign workers funneled Gray campaign money to Brown to keep him in the race, while Brown slammed then-mayor Adrian Fenty during debates.
The same day that the Washington Post reported on the scheme, Gore destroyed a notebook he’d used to keep track of payments to Brown, then later lied to federal investigators about the notebook’s existence.
Unluckily for Gore, though, he admitted his evidence destruction to fellow Gray campaign worker Howard Brooks, who was wearing a wire. Brooks received two years probation, Gore went on to be the first person to plead guilty related to the Gray campaign, and Brown continues to make political endorsements.
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