Brown or­dered to turn over records

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Fed­eral prose­cu­tors or­dered D.C. Coun­cil Chair­man Kwame R. Brown to turn over cam­paign records on Thurs­day, adding to the list of city law­mak­ers who have been linked to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of one of the Dis­trict’s most pro­lific cam­paign con­trib­u­tors.

Mr. Brown is the most high-pro­file of­fi­cial to be brought into the fed­eral re­view of do­na­tions by Jef­frey E. Thompson, his com­pa­nies and his as­so­ciates. The U.S. at­tor­ney has not ac­cused any­one of wrong­do­ing and has sent the sub­poe­nas to of­fi­cials’ cam­paign trea­sur­ers, not their of­fices at the John A. Wil­son Build­ing.

A staff mem­ber for the chair­man con­firmed the cam­paign’s re­ceipt of the sub­poena but de­clined to elab­o­rate.

Mr. Brown joins coun­cil mem­bers Yvette M. Alexan­der, Ward 7 Demo­crat; Jack Evans, Ward 2 Demo­crat; and Phil Men­del­son, at-large Demo­crat, as the coun­cil mem­bers asked to pro­vide records.

A spokesman for Mayor Vin­cent C. Gray said ear­lier on Thurs­day that the mayor’s cam­paign had not re­ceived a sub­poena.

NBC Washington on Thurs­day re­ported that Mr. Gray per­son­ally showed up at his head­quar­ters one day dur­ing the 2010 cam­paign with as much as $100,000 in con­tri­bu­tions from Mr. Thompson and his as­so­ciates.

The tele­vi­sion sta­tion at­trib­uted the re­port to two sources di­rectly in­volved with Mr. Gray’s fundrais­ing.

Other elected of­fi­cials say their cam­paigns have not been served, while some — such as coun­cil mem­bers Mar­ion Barry, Ward 8 Demo­crat, and Muriel Bowser, Ward 4 Demo­crat — have de­clined to con­firm or deny re­ceipt.

The sub­poe­nas have been is­sued on a rolling ba­sis since Tues­day, sug­gest­ing more might be served in the com­ing days.

Coun­cil mem­ber Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Demo­crat, has said he does not ex­pect his cam­paign to re­ceive one be­cause he never took any money from Mr. Thompson’s fundrais­ing net­work.

Although fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors have not dis­closed what they are look­ing for, dis­cus­sion around city hall sug­gests the use of money or­ders — which could be used to shroud straw donors to var­i­ous cam­paigns — may be their fo­cus.

Coun­cil mem­ber Vin­cent B. Orange, at-large Demo­crat hop­ing to hold off party chal­lengers in an April pri­mary elec­tion, told re­porters this week he would en­cour­age an ad­di­tional re­view of $26,000 in money or­ders he re­ceived from Mr. Thompson and af­fil­i­ates.

Coun­cil mem­ber Mary M. Cheh, Ward 3 Demo­crat, plans to in­tro­duce leg­is­la­tion on Tues­day that would treat money-or­der do­na­tions like cash con­tri­bu­tions, cap­ping them at $25.

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