Posts Tagged ‘contracts’

Bennett Report Moral: Don’t Date Marion Barry

In the coming weeks, D.C. Councilmembers, federal prosecutors, and everyday citizens will be digesting the awesome report on Ward 8 Councilmember Marion S. Barry Jr. issued today by Special Counsel Robert S. Bennett of Hogan & Hartson LLP. The report encapsulates a whole bunch of unethical and perhaps illegal behavior by Barry, especially in relation [...]

Barry Took Kickbacks, Council Investigation Finds

UPDATED, 12:35 P.M.
Well, it sure as hell wasn't a whitewash.
Attorney Bob Bennett this morning presented the findings of a five- seven-month investigation into D.C. Council contracts and earmarks—a probe prompted by the shenanigans of Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry this summer. [Download a PDF of the report's executive summary; download the full report.]
The blockbuster finding [...]

A Year Later, Parks Projects Are Sent to Allen Lew

The D.C. Council has come to a solution—or at least a way forward—for the parks contracting impasse.
It's a solution that will sound awfully familiar in the John A. Wilson Building's corridors: Send all the work to Allen Lew!
Certainly the solution preserves the council's prerogatives: It brushes back Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, cuts out his cronies [...]

Today Is Not The Day To Talk About Barry’s Fishy Contracts

I guess I didn't get the memo.
Apparently, this is not the time to ask Councilmember Marion Barry or his staff about Sharon Bowen. Barry paid Bowen $50,000 to work on poverty issues in 2007 and 2008. Bowen was another Barry girlfriend.
Why not today? HBO is premiering a documentary on Barry's life. It's either that or [...]

Councilmember Barry: What Did Sharon Bowen Actually Do?

In reporting out our story on Sharon Bowen, a woman linked professionally and personally to Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, it was difficult to figure out what she exactly did for the residents of the District.
Between spring 2007 and spring 2008, Barry had awarded her $50,000 in taxpayer-funded contracts. From our sources, we kept hearing [...]

Barry To Post: Nothing Illegal About Hiring Girlfriends

A few hours ago, The Washington Post finally got around to addressing the latest matters concerning Councilmember Marion Barry's questionable use of contracts. Barry's camp has repeatedly stated that the hiring of his girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt was not illegal. This time, the Post gets Barry to brag that he'd do it all over again. Or [...]