Ex-D.C. Council Candidate Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy

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    WASHINGTON, DC - AUG 14: Ward 6 council candidate Kelvin Robinson enjoys a water balloon game while going door to door to greet voters at Capitol Park Plaza on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010.

    A former candidate for the D.C. Council pleaded guilty to conspiring to receive and conceal excess campaign contributions during his run for office.

    Fifty-three-year-old Kelvin Robinson was charged in a criminal complaint in Superior Court last month.

    Prior to entering his guilty plea Tuesday, Robinson declined to speak with reporters outside the courtroom but said,"At some point, I'll have plenty to say."

    Prosecutors allege that businessman Jeffrey Thompson contributed money for Robinson's 2010 campaign by transferring funds through companies to disguise the source of the contributions.

    The complaint alleges that Thompson made contributions of more than $26,000. Prosecutors say Robinson and Thompson filed false forms with Washington's Office of Campaign Finance.

    The D.C. Campaign Act limits the amount an individual and entity can contribution to a council candidate to $1,000.

    In March, Thompson pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges. Prosecutors alleged that Thompson took part in a "shadow campaign'' to help elect Mayor Vincent Gray.

    Robinson faces up to a year in prison when he's sentenced on Aug. 13, 2014.