Former Vincent Gray Aide Jeanne Clarke Harris Sentenced to 3 Years Supervised Release in Shadow Campaign Case

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What to Know

  • Harris pleaded guilty in 2012 to conspiring to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions.
  • Harris will begin three years of supervised release with 90 days in a halfway house followed by 180 days of home confinement.
  • She was also fined $1,000.

A former campaign aide to former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was sentenced to one day in jail and 36 months of supervised release Friday for her role in the shadow campaign surrounding Gray’s 2010 run for mayor.

Jeanne Clarke Harris will not spend any time in jail, because she will be credited for one day already served.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly sentenced Harris to begin supervised release with 90 days in a halfway house followed by 180 days of home confinement. Harris will also have to pay a $1,000 fine.

Harris, 79, pleaded guilty in 2012 to conspiring with millionaire Jeffrey Thompson to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to help Gray defeat incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Several other people who worked on Gray's campaign pleaded guilty to felonies.

Thompson admitted setting up a $660,000 slush fund that aided Gray's election as D.C. mayor in 2010. 

Gray denied wrongdoing and was not charged, but the scandal was a factor in his failure to win re-election.

Gray's case was dropped in December. He won the Democratic primary for the Ward 7 seat on the D.C. Council in June.

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