City Paper is not for tourists
We all know that the U.S. Attorney hasn’t been shy in dumping subpoenas all over D.C. politics in search of records related to prolific giver of money orders Jeff Thompson. But what about outside of D.C.? Have the pols who have gotten Thompson money had to fork over their records? At least one says he hasn’t.
LL was first to report that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s 2010 re-election campaign received 18 $4,000 checks on a single day. Three of those checks came from businesses and an individual specifically named in the grand jury’s subpoena to D.C. pols: Details International, Belle International, and Jeanne Harris. Harris is a longtime associate of Thompson; she owns Details and Belle. Her house was raided by the feds a few weeks ago.
O’Malley’s spokeswoman has referred questions about the campaign to his private fundraiser, Colleen Martin-Lauer, who hasn’t returned calls seeking comment.
Thompson’s accounting firm has an office in Bowie, as well as one in Atlanta. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed‘s spokeswoman, Sonji Jacobs, says neither Reed nor his campaign have received “any communication of any kind” from the feds.
Reed received lots of money from Thompson and those connected to him in Atlanta’s 2009 mayoral general election and runoff, which Reed won. LL counts at least $40,000 in donations from Thompson, his companies, their employees, relatives of their employees, and so on.
The donations to Reed include almost all of the businesses or entities named on the feds’ subpoenas to DC pols, including: $3,600 from Thompson himself; $1,200 each from Michael Cobb and Ralph Bazilio, partners at Thompson’s accounting firm; $3,600 from Harris; $3,600 from Details; $3,600 from Belle, and $1,200 from Audrey Albert, who has signed checks on behalf of Details and Belle. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s campaign finance forms don’t require candidates to indicate whether the donations were made as money orders.
LL’s now working on federal candidates who’ve received money from those named in the subpoenas and will post if he finds anything interesting.