Housing Complex

The Developer Donation Dance

In case you haven't clicked your way over to Loose Lips this week, allow me to expound what you've missed.

In this week's column, Mike "LL" DeBonis takes a look at donations to Adrian Fenty's re-election campaign.

In three months, Fenty has reeled in $2.04 million. Leading the We-Love-the-Mayor fan club are developers and builders. In total, they donated 43.7 percent—$891,612—of Fenty's total intake.

Naturally, some familiar names are on the donation list.

  • Back in November, I wrote about Armond Spikell's Roadside Development LLC, which, one day, will be breaking ground on a mixed-use project in Shaw at the current site of the Giant at 7th and O Streets. Here's what Loose Lips picked up about Spikell and his partners:
  • "Like a lot of developers, Roadside has a bunch of projects, each with a separate corporation set up. The firm itself was good for $2K, as were principals Richard Lake, Armond Spikell, and Todd Weiss. But add in max donations from Burke Roadside LLC, O Street Roadside LLC, and Clarksville Roadside LLC, and you’ve nearly doubled down, from $8,000 to $14,000."
  • But absolutely the most amazing tale is about Franklin L. Haney. Haney's company is leading a team of developers interested in transforming the "Hill East Waterfront" on the far eastern edge of Capitol Hill. Despite campaign election rules—limit: $2,000 per person—he found a way to drop $28,000 in Fenty's coffers.
  • "First off, Haney tossed in a $2,000 donation from Chattanooga, Tenn., where from the same address he donated $8,000 from four different corporate entities. But that’s just a warmup: Haney has five kids. There’s Emeline Michelle Maddux ($2,000) of McLean, who’s married to Victor Maddux ($2,000). Mae Grennan ($2,000) lives in Spring Valley with husband Anderson Grennan ($2,000). Margaret Haney ($2,000), of Georgetown, is married to Chris Ferguson ($2,000), and her sister Mary Alice Haney ($2,000) is a movie producer way out in Pacific Palisades, Calif., married to Graham Larson ($2,000). The only Haney sibling, in fact, who didn’t donate, was Frank Haney Jr. But his wife, Katelin Dial ($2,000), did."

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