Eugenia Harris accused of violating campaign laws
Updated: July 10, 2012 - 12:55 pm
A P.R. executive is accused of violating federal and D.C. campaign laws by contributing to campaigns using different names.
Eugenia C. Harris is facing multiple charges, including conspiring to make contributions in someone else’s name and conspiring to destroy records. She is expected to plead guilty in federal court Tuesday afternoon at 1.
Harris, known as Jeanne Clarke Harris, was charged Monday in a criminal information, a charging document that typically indicates a defendant intends to plead guilty.
Harris is a close associate of Jeffrey Thompson, a businessman and prominent government contractor.
Although Thompson is not named in the charging document, prosecutors allege that Harris was reimbursed by an unnamed co-conspirator for contributions made in her name, as well as the names of her friends, relatives and employees.
Harris made contributions to an unnamed candidate for D.C. mayor in 2010 and also made contributions through two businesses, Belle and Details, according to federal documents. She was repaid for those contributions by another person identified only as “co-conspirator #1.”
She also got 16 family members to contribute to the candidate and was repaid by the same person, according to federal documents.
Harris is the third of Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 associates to be tainted with accusations of campaign finance fraud..
D.C. residents ABC7 spoke with say enough already.
"I want a city I can be proud of...I want to live in a place I can say I'm proud of my leaders...I don't feel that way about D.C. right now," resident Thomas Bruner said.
Resident Aleia Barlow added, "This tarnishes D.C.'s reputation even more...than it is tarnished."
Just last May, two of Gray's top campaign aides pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and lying to the FBI about paying another mayoral candidate, Sulimon Brown, to heckle then Mayor Adrian Fenty.
At the Wilson Building, there was mostly no comments from the city council, except for from the man who may himself run for Mayor.
Councilman Tommy Wells said, "We've got to clean it up...it's more than perception...I think there are more people who will be in trouble."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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