September 12, 2013

Report: Clinton Supporter Illegally Financed GOTV Operations On Behalf Of Her 2008 Campaign

The Washington Post reports that businessman, fundraiser and prominent Clinton supporter Jeffrey Thompson, who is suspected offunneling illegal contributions to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, illegally financed get out the vote efforts on her behalf in a number of states during the Democratic primary:

The D.C. businessman at the center of an ongoing city corruption investigation secretly spent more than a half-million dollars on get-out-the-vote efforts for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, according to interviews and court documents filed Wednesday.

Jeffrey E. Thompson, a former city contractor who allegedly financed a secret campaign for then-mayoral candidate Vincent C. Gray (D) in 2010, financed an independent effort to reach urban voters on behalf of Clinton in Texas and at least three other states during the 2008 Democratic primaries, according to the interviews and documents.

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.

UPDATE:

The Washington Post also ties Terry McAuliffe, who served as Chairman of Clinton’s campaign, to the scandal, noting he is good friends with an operative involved in the scandal:

A Democratic operative linked to an alleged secret effort to turn out votes for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign is a longtime ally of Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe. …

The documents show that White – who pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor tax charge – and Thompson were introduced to each other by Minyon Moore, then a Clinton adviser who had worked for McAuliffe when he was chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

McAuliffe, who has complex ties to the Clintons and their political operation, served as chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign. He has repeatedly lauded Moore as a skilled operative, and media reports have described them as friends. Moore, now at the public affairs firm Dewey Square Group, donated $1,000 to McAuliffe in March to boost his high-profile gubernatorial bid against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II. She also gave $500 to McAuliffe’s 2009 campaign for governor.