We Are Marshall
Marshall Brown, father of Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown, was barred this morning from the Office of Campaign Finance's hearing on problems with the chairman's 2008 campaign finances.
Marshall Brown showed up at the OCF hearing but wasn't allowed to participate because he's not officially part of the 2008 campaign, according to OCF spokesman Wesley Williams.
“He showed up but he wasn’t allowed to attend the hearing," Williams says.
The hearing was about a recent OCF audit that savaged Kwame Brown's 2008 campaign financial disclosures. Among the audit's more troubling findings: Brown's campaign paid a contractor to do field work, who then promptly paid $240,000 to a firm owned by Brown brother, Che Brown. The Browns did not provide requested bank records to prove how the money was spent.
Kwame Brown wasn't at the hearing himself, but sent his attorney Fred Cooke Jr. in his place, the Post's Tim Craig reports via twitter. (Kwame's campaign treasurer was also there.) Craig notes that Cooke barred Marshall Brown from answering questions about why he was at the hearing.
"When Marshall was asked why he's here, Cooke shouts out... 'Don't answer that,'" tweets Craig.
Craig also noted that Marshall Brown was in the hearing room for about five minutes before leaving.
(It's the new new journalism, reporting on other reporters' tweets!)
When LL called up Marshall Brown, he said he had no comment on this morning's hearing.
Loyal readers will recall that LL's most recent column notes that Marshall Brown has been a strong presence on all three of Kwame Brown's campaigns but there are only records of him being paid to work on the 2004 race. Marshall Brown declined to comment when asked if he'd been paid for working on his son's other campaigns.
Now LL is no P.R. expert, but it certainly doesn't look good for Kwame Brown when his father shows up and then gets booted from a hearing that presumably focuses on campaign money going to a family member without being reported.
Kwame Brown's already under the spotlight for dislike of luxury SUVs with gray interiors and the Post editorial board is calling for OCF to refer the 2008 campaign finance matter to the U.S. attorney's office. Shenanigans involving his father, who was recently fired from At-large Councilmember Sekou Biddle's campaign for saying mean things about new white voters, is probably the last thing Brown needs right now as he tries to rebuild his brand.
It's also not the only area where Brown looks disorganized. When LL tried, again, to get a copy of records showing how Brown spent his privately raised transition fund, his office referred LL to the transition's attorney, Lloyd Jordan.
But Jordan says he doesn't have those records . “I have not touched, seen or had anything to do with that," says Jordan, who added that he'll try and find those records for LL because "I’m tired of people asking me for it."