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Lee A. Calhoun charged in federal investigation into D.C. politics

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WASHINGTON (AP/ABC7) - A man with ties to the businessman at the center of a wide-ranging investigation into D.C. politics has been charged with making straw political donations.

Federal prosecutors charged Lee A. Calhoun via criminal information, a document that typically indicates a defendant plans to plead guilty.

His lawyer, Edward MacMahon, said his client would plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge next week and was cooperating.

He's accused of making contributions to a campaign committee for an unidentified candidate for the House of Representatives.

Last year, a longtime associate of Mayor Vincent Gray, Jeanne Harris, pleaded guilty to running a shell campaign. She is the third person connected to his campaign who has pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Prosecutors say Harris funneled $653,000 in unreported funds from a co-conspirator to Gray's campaign.

Two people familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that the businessman accused of funding the shadow campaign is Jeffrey Thompson, a partner in an accounting firm who also owns a managed-care provider that is the city's largest contractor.

MacMahon confirmed that Calhoun works for an accounting firm formerly known as Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio and Associates, or TCBA. The firm, which authorities raided as part of the investigation, changed its name after Thompson left and sold his ownership stake.

The U.S. Attorney's office declined comment.

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