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Does OCF Want to Stop the Music?


LL got a hot tip this afternoon that the Office of Campaign Finance had dragged Ron Moten in for a hearing on whether his numerous efforts (go-go concerts, songs, a music video, and a magazine) in support of Mayor Adrian Fenty's re-election campaign break city election laws.

LL first reported last Thursday  that Vincent Gray volunteer James Abely had filed a complaint with OCF, saying Moten's extracurricular activities were part of the Fenty re-election campaign and needed to be identified as such. (Moten, if you don't know, is the co-founder of Peaceoholics, a non-profit group that's received millions from the city during Fenty's term).

Sure enough, LL got to OCF's office on the 4th floor of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Building just in time to see Moten leaving with his attorney (whose name LL did not catch). Moten was mum on what happened in the hearing, saying only that "everything's good."  (Moten then got on the elevator, told one of the passengers she looked like Beyoncé, then upgraded that to say she looked better than Beyoncé). When LL tried to get more info out of Moten as he was leaving the Reeves Building, Moten said he's currently not speaking to Washington City Paper because he feels insulted by this piece from last week, which reported that Peaceoholics haven't been subjected to much oversight.

OCF spokesman Wesley Williams said Moten met with a staff member from the OCF's general counsel, who investigates complaints. Williams said the meeting was not part of an investigation, but was a "show cause" hearing where Moten c0uld respond to the complaints made by Abely.

Stay tuned, as there will be more to this story one way or the other. Just don't expect any final resolution before Sept. 14.

  • Brian

    of course not - it will be well after the primary when we get to hear the results. I'm not surprised though, since Peter Nickles has put a lid on the audit requested by Yvette Alexander. From your previous blog post:

    D.C. Watch’s Gary Imhoff has the scoop that Attorney General Peter Nickles is clamping down on what information is provided to City Auditor Deborah Nichols as she investigates Moten’s Peaceoholics at the request of Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander. Imhoff says Nickles is deliberately trying to slow down Nichols’ work. On September 2, Nickles sent her a letter saying that he was taking charge of responses from all agencies and would review them for any “potential privilege issues that may be implicated.” Fenty, Nickles, Moten, and others involved in the Fenty 2010 campaign obviously don’t want any auditor’s report to be issued before the primary election is over, and Nickles is intervening to prevent the departments and agencies from providing the auditor with the information that she needs to complete her report speedily. Undoubtedly, Nickles will then complain that the council is dragging out its investigation unnecessarily. Umm, something seems strangely familiar to LL.

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  • Tom

    This is unfortunate. I don't know how this didn't get picked up earlier. Obviously he was coordinating with the campaign and directed third party political activities to go toward the campaign. Yet nothing was ever recorded to OCF

  • LOL

    He isn't speaking to the press. That sucks. My day seems a little less complete knowing that Ron saw a reporter and didn't act as he normally does [rant and make outlandish statements].

    I hope he encounters a post or examiner reporter soon. I need my daily dose extreme campaigning.

  • http://bing.com Anothernative

    It's really shameful the way this guy is being allowed to continuously use these intimidation tactics on citizen's, that are for the most part District employees that are scared of a vengeful Adrian Fenty. I hear stories of his campain workers showing up at District employee's door's with list displaying their names and the names of fellow employee's almost demanding their support, that is a lot of pressure on a family. I witnessed Moten myself,just this Saturday in ward 8 driving around in a (black hummer),with the whole Go Go group, holding up traffic, waving Fenty T shirts and cursing people that complained about it. With unemployment at 30%, it's surprising they even have the gall, too even show they're faces east of the river.I try to avoid confrontation, but I will not be intimidated by these people.

  • Really?

    @ Tom- the reason this didn't get picked up is because you have to use your name when filing a complaint with the Office of campaign finance I strongly suspect that many people didn't want to take that chance given how Moton intimidates people.

  • http://ABF ABF

    of course he broke the law...it's what he does best! fenty was part of it, knew about it, and someone even said that all those MD tag vans fenty has rented hasn't been shown on his record of spending either...check into this LL.

  • Truth Hurts

    Suderman: Are you blind to the low info hater chum you cast? You're lobbing softballs to cousin vinny.

  • Truth Hurts

    Did you say "hot tip"? From Nikita? one city? Marion? Harry? anonymous?

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