Posts Tagged ‘Earmarks’

Vincent Gray Dropped From Whistleblower’s Lawsuit Against Marion Barry

Some good news out of the courts for mayoral candidate (and D.C. Council Chairman) Vincent Gray—he's no longer named in a lawsuit against Councilmember Marion Barry.

Whistleblower Sharon Wise came forward some time ago to expose the shady dealings that took place when Barry secured earmark money and sent it to nonprofit groups [...]

If Earmarks Were Prohibited, How Did Harry Thomas Jr. Get Them?

Last summer, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray was faced with a crisis.
For one thing, he and city legislators were faced with a last-minute budget crunch to the tune of $660 million. They were given two weeks to find a solution. Meanwhile, the antics of Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry had exposed the sordid practice [...]

Why Is Marion Barry Driving a Car Registered to His Crony?

Anyone who carries on personal and political dealings with Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry lives under something of a cloud: Sooner or later, you're going to be interrogated or investigated by authorities. Girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, key aide Brenda Richardson, other staffers—they all come in for some prime-time analysis in the report issued earlier this week [...]

One Barry Lesson: How Not To Run A Nonprofit

"I am a different kind of council member. I ran to get resources, to uplift people of Ward 8 to do everything I can to empower them."–Councilmember Marion S. Barry Jr. on the dais yesterday in response to Robert Bennett's testimony.
By resources, Barry means the thousands of dollars in city funds he funneled to a [...]

Read the Bennett Report on D.C. Council Contracts and Earmarks

Without further ado, here's the full executive summary of the investigative report into D.C. Council contracting and earmarks prepared by attorney Bob Bennett and his former Skadden Arps colleague Amy Sabrin.
Highlights:

"Mr. Barry personally delivered a contract payment check to her, insisted that they go directly to a bank, waited in the car while she cashed [...]

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 [...]

Marion Barry Lashes Out at David Catania

Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry has written a letter to at-large colleague David A. Catania accusing him of a "personal vendetta" and saying he's "perplexed, appalled, hurt by your increasingly [sic] levels of disrespect."
That includes Catania's decision to walk out on Friday's press conference announcing an independent investigation of Barry's contract with Donna Watts-Brighthaupt after [...]

Catania Abruptly Cancels Hearing on Barry Earmarks

This afternoon, LL and other reporters hoping to follow his Friday scoop showed up to a Wilson Building hearing room to hear testimony on grants earmarked last year by Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry.
We were all disappointed.
At-Large Councilmember David A. Catania, who called the hearing to examine the role of "fiscal agents" in administering Department [...]

Marion Barry Directed City Funds To Nonprofits Under His Control

Washington City Paper is reporting tonight that Councilmember Marion Barry has funneled nearly $1 million dollars in city funds to six nonprofits under the apparent control of his own staff. Barry first secured funding for the groups in June 2008. But here's the catch: This was months before the groups existed, city records show.
Furthermore, incorporation [...]

Graham Still Looking Out for (Ward) No. 1

Screw the tanking economy: Der Schweinmeister is back.
On Tuesday, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham pre-emptively told reporters that he'll be directing a grant or two in his pending committee report. "We do have earmarks," he said, "but we have kept them to an absolute minimum."
Absolute minimum, eh? Quite a boast for a guy whose committee [...]

Mayoral Earmarks Include $2.1M for DC USA Parking

Last spring, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and the D.C. Council took heat from LL and others for their earmarks in the yearly budget. In his initial FY09 budget proposal, Fenty included $27 million in noncompetitive grants, which the council later upped to $70 million. Things got to the point that Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray [...]

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