WASHINGTON (AP) -- For most of Vincent Gray's three-plus years as District of Columbia mayor, federal prosecutors have been investigating alleged dirty tricks in his 2010 campaign.
While the mayor never spoke in great detail about the investigation, he maintained he did nothing illegal and was aware of nothing illegal. And even when four people who worked on his campaign pleaded guilty to felonies, prosecutors never presented any evidence implicating the mayor.
That all changed Monday -- three weeks before a primary that will determine whether Gray can continue seeking a second term.
In a lengthy and detailed charging document, prosecutors are not only alleging Gray was aware of a $668,000 off-the-books "shadow campaign" on his behalf; they're saying he personally requested more than two-thirds of the funds.
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