Entering the D.C. scene TCBA client Dorothy I. Height, longtime president of the National Council of Negro Women, who introduced Thompson to Alexis Herman. Alexis Herman would later become secretary of labor in the Clinton administra-tion. Donna Brazile, a good friend of Eleanor Holmes Norton, contacted Herman for advice about Norton’s unpaid taxes. Herman recom-mended Thompson’s firm. Eleanor Holmes Norton was the front-runner to become D.C.’s non-voting delegate. She and her then-husband, Ed Norton, met with Thompson about their unpaid taxes. In June 1997, President Bill Clinton spoke at the Democratic National Commit-tee dinner in the Crystal Ballroom at the Sheraton-Carlton Hotel. Thompson was one of the contributors he thanked. FIRST THOMPSON COMPANY: Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio and Associates Three years after graduating from Unive-sity of the District of Columbia business school, he co-founded TCBA (originally Thompson, Curtis, Bazilio and Associates), an accounting firm that would expand to have offices in five cities. It became one of the country’s premier African American accounting firms. Ralph Bazilio UDC graduate Tanya R. Curtis-Haley Original partner,left company in 1994 Michael J. Cobb Tulane University graduate, replaced Curtis-Haley Helped Norton solve tax issue; couple wrote $25,000 check. Norton won her seat. Befriended Williams after being introduced to him at a USDA meeting. Shared love of account-ing. Introduced into White House circles by Herman. 1983 1990 1993 OTHER CONNECTIONS KEY ASSOCIATES JEFFREY E.THOMPSON’SACTIONS PARTNERS IN TCBA: Anthony A. Williams Appointed chief financial officer of the Agriculture Department by Clinton. See Williams in graphic below

SOURCE: Staff reports. GRAPHIC: Laura Stanton - The Washington Post. Published July 14, 2013.