A Washington, D.C., businessman allegedly funded a “shadow campaign” for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D., N.Y.) during her 2008 presidential run.
D.C. contractor Jeffrey Thompson spent more than $600,000 on get out the vote efforts for Clinton’s campaign, according to recently released court documents.
Thompson is mired in a local corruption scandal. He allegedly operated another shadow campaign for Vincent Gray during his successful D.C. mayoral run in 2010.
The Washington Post reported details of the court documents on Thursday:
Thompson allegedly paid Troy White, a New York marketing executive, more than $608,000 to hire “street teams” to distribute posters, stickers and yard signs beginning in February 2008 to help raise Clinton’s profile during her primary battle with then-Sen. Barack Obama, according to the documents and interviews with several people familiar with the investigation.
A search of federal campaign records found no evidence that Thompson or White disclosed the alleged expenditures or activities to the Federal Election Commission, as required by campaign finance laws.
Clinton’s team has “cooperated fully” with the investigation, a spokesman told the Post.