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Virgin Islands Delegate Will Return Jeff Thompson-Tied Donations

Above: Jeff Thompson Image: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

Former employees of embattled D.C. politics money man Jeff Thompson have given money to a wide range of political campaigns for District and national candidates. But only one campaign is at issue in a hearing set for later this week: that of Virgin Islands Del. Donna Christensen, a Democrat.

Lee A. Calhoun, who works at Thompson's former accounting firm, will likely plead guilty Thursday to making illegal campaign contributions in his and his wife's name to Christensen's campaign in 2011. Calhoun was actually getting the money from his unnamed employer (whose description closely resembles Thompson), according to prosecutors.

Christensen isn't named in the criminal information, which says only that Calhoun gave money to a House candidate. But hers was the only House campaign Calhoun and his wife contributed to that year, making it clear where the purportedly fishy money went.

When Christensen's campaign was asked about the Thompson-connected donations in April 2012, it responded with a statement saying that officials hadn't decided what to do with the money. More recently, though, it looks like they've made up their mind. "Donations in question will be returned or donated to charity," Christensen spokeswoman Monique Clendinen writes in an email.

Just how much money is that? Clendinen, who's on leave, didn't get back to LL about the figures. It should be at least $4,600, the combined total of the two donations made by Calhoun and his wife. And the Christensen campaign could be shelling out a lot more than that—an AP analysis of Christensen's campaign disclosures in 2011 showed Thompson-connected donors giving the delegate $37,000.

So finally, here's some good news for former Thompson employees concerned about whether they're next in line at the federal courthouse: they may be about to get a check from Donna Christensen.

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