Stanley Straughter pleads guilty in straw donor scheme

(AP) - A Philadelphia businessman has admitted that he was reimbursed for $132,000 in political contributions as part of a widening campaign finance scandal.

Stanley Straughter pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to a misdemeanor campaign finance violation. He has done consulting work for Jeffrey Thompson, former owner of a well-connected{ }D.C. accounting firm.

Sttaughter was part of a large network of donors who contributed to candidates for federal, state and local offices, often the maximum amount on the same day. Another donor affiliated with Thompson pleaded guilty last week to a similar charge and admitted he was reimbursed for $160,000 in contributions.

Thompson is also suspected of funneling $650,000 in illegal funds into District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign. He has not been charged with a crime.