City Desk

Another Barry Associate Has a Lawyer


For the last few weeks, we've published stories on Councilmember Marion Barry's zany relationship with ex-girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt and his pressuring her to sign another problematic contract. We've also written two stories on the issues surrounding the nonprofits run out of his offices and staffed with ex-campaign workers. These stories did not seem to impact one Barry worker—Jackie Ward.

Ward stuck to a simple script: standing by her work and refusing to comment any further.

Ward is one of the lucky ones. She's pulling in $40,000 to head up an entity called Clean and Green Inc. She is also listed as an incorporator for the Ward 8 Education Council, and as a board member and incorporator for the Ward 8 Health Council. Ward's previously known experience: working on Barry's 2008 campaign.

This is what Ward said to us last week when we called seeking answers about her work. "I have no comment," she said. "My work is there. Everything I do is a matter of public record." She added that she stands by the work she refuses to comment on.

Ward did say that she had worked as a volunteer for the all-volunteer Environmental Council. She only got paid after it became Clean and Green Inc., and got public funding.

When asked how her work changed from volunteer to paid employee, Ward declined to comment. "I'll have someone call you back," she said. Of the workload change, she'd only say: "It's more detailed."

Ward did say that she "kinda" uses an office in Barry's constituent services offices on MLK Avenue SE.

As for her work on the Ward 8 Health Council, Ward said: "I am saying no comment. Thank you."

Ward had previously told Washington City Paper about her work:  “I have no comment. You can print whatever you like. You are free to. It’s a free country. Whatever I’ve done is a matter of public record. I know everything I’ve done has been above board.”

On Friday, Ward actually called us to say that we had printed errors and that she had contacted an attorney to look into the matter. When asked what those errors were, she refused to comment.

After the news broke today that a federal probe had been launched to investigate Barry's contracts with Brighthaupt and his funneling money to the fishy nonprofits, Ward slightly altered her no comment message to reflect law enforcement's interest in the work of the nonprofits under her guidance.

Ward told City Paper: “I suggest that you contact Marion Barry’s people. I have been instructed by my attorney to not comment.”

Ward refused to reveal the identity of her attorney. But she added that it was not A. Scott Bolden, the lawyer recently hired by Barry staffer Brenda Richardson.

*photo by Darrow Montgomery.

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  • Angry Al Gonzales

    Smart move by Ms. Ward. Everybody in Marion's camp had better lawyer up ASAP - with a good criminal defense lawyer, not a political hack like Scott Bolden - & then that lawyer had better beat a path to the US Attorney's office ASAP & try to beg, plead, & bargain some kind of deal.

    When this all hits the fan in September with indictments, the only people with any hope of avoiding long prison terms will be those who have taken my advice. You snooze, you lose - & you'll have seven to twenty years to regret your procrastination.

  • msfreeh

    to view a partial list of crimes committed by FBI agents over 1500 pages long see

    to view a partial list of FBI agents arrested for pedophilia see

  • Angry Al Gonzales

    If the Feds want to get you, they’ll get you. “Misprision of a felony” is defined below. If you know of a felony, do anything to help conceal it, & don’t tell the authorities, you’re guilty.

    18 U.S.C. § 4: Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

    Of course if the Feds are incompetent political hacks from out of town just serving a couple years to boost the resume for the folks back home, like the US Attorney’s office in DC, well – even those clowns won’t be so inept as to bungle this one. Convicting Marion’s entire group is going to be so easy a second grader could do it.

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  • Alex

    Anthony Motley and his 5 percent fee for moving city money around from account to account sounds very much like Money laundering to me, Money laundering is the practice of disguising illegally obtained funds so that they seem legal. It is a crime in many jurisdictions with varying definitions I guess he should be the next Barry Associate to get a Lawyer

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