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Feds: DC mayor knew of illegal 'shadow campaign'

This photo taken through a courthouse window shows Washington businessman Jeffrey Thompson checked by security as he enters the federal courthouse in Washington, Monday, March 10, 2014. Thompson was charged Monday with conspiracy to violate federal and local campaign finance laws by funding off-the-books campaign activity for candidates including Hillary Rodham Clinton and district Mayor Vincent Gray. after being charged this morning in a criminal information with two conspiracy offenses stemming from an ongoing investigation . Thompson is suspected of funneling illicit funds into Mayor Gray's campaign.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray knew about an off-the-books “shadow campaign” to support his 2010 bid for the office and personally requested the funds from an influential district businessman, federal prosecutors said Monday.

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