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OCF: Maybe the Feds Should Look at Brown

The Office of Campaign Finance, which filed a complaint Friday against Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown's 2008 re-election campaign with the Board of Elections and Ethics, is hinting that a criminal probe of Brown's finances may be warranted.

OCF is asking the BOEE to consider referring the Brown complaint to the U.S. Attorney's Office in addition to administering fines.

The OCF can administer fines on its own, says spokesman Wesley Williams, but can't refer matters to the feds. Williams said the "severity" of the allegations made in the complaint warranted that the BOEE take over.

"We just thought that further action might be warranted outside the imposition of fines," says Williams.

OCF's complaint, posted below for your reading pleasure, notes that Brown's committee did not comply with "several requests" to hand over records that would verify $175,000 in payments to a contractor and a sub-contractor. The sub-contractor is the sales-coaching firm owned by Brown's brother, Che Brown.

The complaint also notes that the Brown campaign failed to report that Che Brown had control of a $60,000 "side account" the campaign set up.

Brown is currently indisposed, as he's currently in a council hearing for proposed new ethics legislation, but has repeatedly characterized the issues with his 2008 campaign as nothing more than bookkeeping errors. His attorney, Fred Cooke Jr., could not immediately be reached for comment.

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  • Fully Loaded

    The Office of Campaign Finance did all this without a subpoena.

    Wait until the Feds swoop in.

    Goodbye Kwame. Don't drop the soap.

  • DC Guy

    Can we just get rid of all of the clowns. They have no business overseeing multi-billion dollar budgets or enacting legislation that impact the lives of the citizens of the District.

  • noodlez

    A BIT LOST ON WHO ACTUALLY IS RESPONSIBLE (GOING TO JAIL)FOR MISAPPROPRIATION OF FUNDS, RECKLESS SPENDING AND THEIR GREAT RECORD KEEPING METHODS SINCE COMPLAINT IS ADDRESSED TO THE COMMITTEE OF FULLY LOADED.

    WILL SOMEBODY BREAK THIS DOWN LIKE THE BLACK COP ON SANFORD AND SON?

  • tony

    IT'S TIME FOR THE BLACK ELITE AND THE BLACK MIDDLE-CLASS TO FIGHT BACK, BECAUSE I AM CERTAIN THAT THEY ARE UNDER ATTACK!!!!!

  • Art

    @Tony, will you please expound on why you believe that "the black elite and the black middle class" are under attack?

  • Truth Hurts

    I'm sure it's just a misundertanding. Cooke will clear it all up, like he's gonna do for Harry "cashier check" Thomas.

    It's bizarre that the District can arrest, prosecute, and jail people for drunk driving and drinking in public, but it can't prosecute fraud involving its elected officials.

  • One that cares

    These distraction-oholics. These focus-ophobics. Old George Orwell got it backward. Big Brother isn't watching. He's singing and dancing. He's pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother's holding your attention every moment you're awake. He's making sure you're always distracted. He's making sure you're fully absorbed... and this being fed, it's worse than being watched. With the world always filling you, no one has to worry about what's in your mind. With everyone's imagination atrophied, no one will ever be a threat to the world.

  • ToiletLawmakers

    I am ashamed to live in city run by a group of accepted idiots.

    @One that cares - speaking of Orwell, the council reminds me of the controlling pigs in Animal Farm...who had the end were seated amongst men smoking cigars and talking politics of the farms...ah, how I love Orwell...

  • ToiletLawmakers

    I am ashamed to live in city run by a group of accepted idiots.

    @One that cares - speaking of Orwell, the council reminds me of the controlling pigs in Animal Farm...who at the end were seated amongst men smoking cigars and talking politics of the farms...ah, how I love Orwell...

  • One That cares

    The Tail is truly wagging the Dog. Wake up Dog and take control!

  • Truth Hurts

    @ noodlez: Funny you bring up Sanford And Son. Check out the lawyer's name at bottom of OCR complaint.

  • WardQueen

    "IT'S TIME FOR THE BLACK ELITE AND THE BLACK MIDDLE-CLASS TO FIGHT BACK, BECAUSE I AM CERTAIN THAT THEY ARE UNDER ATTACK!!!!!"
    __________________________

    How is anything related to "Fully Loaded" Brown in any way related tot he black elite? Honey, you must not know any of the black elite. They don't get their names in the newspapers.

  • tony

    @ WardQueen, You sound black, which make your comment even more pathetic...I don't know why so many blacks feel the need to defend white folks...They have a history of being able to fight their own battles particularly against the "WARDQUEEN'S of the world.

  • Southeast Ken

    DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown should resign along with New York Congressman (D) Anthony Weiner.

    Kwame is an embarrassment to black men and to the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

  • tony

    @southeast Ken, who do you suggest we consider as a replacement. Maybe David Catania, Jack Evans, or Jim Graham. I am pretty sure that we as black men and black people will feel much better. Man, you got to be kidding me.

  • ItsOnlyCauseImBLACK

    Tony, give the "it's only because I'm Black" defense a rest. It is an insult to every District resident who can tell right from wrong. Shame on these politicians for embarrassing themselves, their families, and the multi-colored and ethnically diverse constituents they are supposed to serve.

  • Me Too

    I second IOCIB

  • tony

    Look folks here's the real deal with all these allegations and investigations of primarily the city's Black Politicians.

    The real reason why Mayor Gray is feeling so much heat from the Media and white establishment is because to them he represents the sort of black politician that appears "too black." While he is very professional and diplomatic, in many respects, his politics are rooted in the black experience. He political agenda which is to use his political power to financially and politically empower blacks is antithetical to the politics of a Mayor Fenty, and the likes, whom the white establishment finds to be more palatable.

    Specifically, when Fenty got elected he hired nearly an all white staff. His Police Chief was white. His Fire Chief was white. The Transportation Director was white. The head of DCRA was white, etc. In fact, Fenty appointed whites to nearly every major government agencies in this city. The white establishment thus saw this as reason to believe that Fenty politics were skewed to their interest. In contrast, Mayor Gray got elected and he did the exact opposite. He fired the white Fire Chief and replaced him with a black man. He replaced a non-black school chancellor with a black woman. He fired the white director of DCRA and replaced her with a black man. And, nearly his entire inner-circle consisted of black professionals.

    The white establishment feared that their agenda could not be achieved with Gray as the Mayor. As such, they began a campaign to discredit him with the hope that he will somehow lose power. And, the same is true for Kwame Brown and Harry Thomas. Again, non of these politicians were endorsed by the white establishment for the said reasons.

    Yes, Mayor Gray, Kwame Brown,Harry Thomas and others may have made some mistakes and bad decisions. And, majority of the voters do in fact have legitimate concerns as it relates to their elected officials' conduct. However, I contend that those legitimate concerns are being manipulated by the white establishment who have evil intentions.

    How else can one explain why the white politicians in this town can engage in the same level of political misconduct and get a free pass. Jim Graham's conduct concerning the taxi cab industry involved devious concealment and outright deception which constituted the worst form of public corruption. Jack Evans has maintained a very suspect and cozy relationship with the business community for more than 20 years, which has earned him several reprimands from the authority. David Catania steered non-competitive contracts worth millions of dollars to his pet project-GWU. Yet, none of these politicians faces the daily media blitz. None of them are being subjected to the worst form of mockery. None of them are the subject of unrelenting calls for criminal probes and investigations.

    This is wrong. This is racist.

  • native_resident

    Tony,

    Please, now black folks have to deal with a so called “Black Elite and Black Middle Class”? Get off the high horse.

    Tony, if you happen to be African American, this Jack and Jill nonsense has to go. If you are an Anglo, you do not know what to speak of.

    Basically speaking, all African Americans started off as slaves and the bottom rail in this country. This is precisely the view and language that Europeans want Blacks to believe in.

    Divide and conquer.

    Come on, as long as people label each other as elite or middle class, groups of peoples will stay divided, you are fooling yourselves. These asinine qualifiers are as antiquated as having a King and Queen.

    Pure ignorance.

  • Marciela

    This issue and other allegations are based on color -- green, that is, because greed and arrogance have caused these problems. Whether Black, White, Latino or any other group, broken laws require penalties.

    Both Fenty and Gray made indisputable mistakes. Fenty's issues had to do with arrogance and many of his personnel choices. Gray's issues have to do with his inability to separate from past friends and personnel choices. To continue to compare and contrast them is futile because at the end of the day, the same problems exist. For example, there are fiscal problems, yet Gandhi is still in place. He belongs to both administrations. Both administrations have Lanier with unresolved AHOD issues, mounting personnel strife and low morale. Rhee is replaced with Henderson, basically the same person. Who do people think was running ythe day to day operations of the system when Rhee was galivanting around the nation demeaning the DC citizens? We won't even mention the mounting personnel, legal and fiduciary concerns and low morale that continues from DCPS. Five years later and DCPS still lacks a curriculum. If there was no curriculum, what were teachers teaching for the supposed test score gains?

    There are deeply entrenched ethical and legal problems in the District. It is a sad state affairs when you have the issues in a new administration before six months have ended. The key difference? One administration concealed its shortcomings better than the other. DC still has 99 problems and ethics ain't one.

  • Marciela

    Last comment: the FBI needs to look at every council member and give DC a fresh start. If there is nothing to hide, people should have nothing to fear. The problem is, closets are so full with the same bones that most are painted into one corner.

  • Just Curious

    @ Marciela I could not agree more with your comments. Gandhi is a wily snake and survives by using his position and influence to appease power brokers in the District. Gandhi only cares about a balanced budget, CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Review) completed on time and the bond rating. How you get there doesn't matter. It is hard to imagine how any one, other than Gandhi, could survive after all of the embarrassment and financial losses he has caused the District.

    Lastly, all of the scandals are inter-connected and involve "hooking up" cronies, influence peddling, and ill-gotten financial rewards. I'd love for LL to examine financial donors to each council member and/or organizations that they control and the benefits to these same donors that came as a result of feeding at the public trough in D.C. I'd love to have the feds review their tax returns, declared income, bank accounts. I guarantee you that Harry Thomas and Kwame Brown aren't the only ones with legal/ethical issues. What has been disclosed thus far is only the tip of the iceberg...

  • DC Polly Ticks

    Since inaguration day, everyday i wake up and check my emails, i see yet another story, speculation, trumped up charges, acutual charges, latest developments, new allegations, follow up on old allegations, op eds regarding the same.... Is there anything else going on in regards to politics in this city??

    Can we ever move forward if we are just reporting day by day (sometimes hr. by hr.) developments on the Mayor's and the City Councils issues? I applaud your efforts to keep us informed but its hard to reserve passing judgement when im inaundated with bad press involving, what is currently our leadership in the city. No resignation letters are forthcoming, except from Weiner who

    hasn't taken any funds earmarked for poor DC kids
    didn't promise any positions to friends and family
    didn't use constituents money to lease any vehicles
    didn't accept any bribes to influence any pending legislation

    It appears its far more damaging, as a politician, if you screw than to screw everybody else...

    but i reserve judgement until a later date. we still have a long way to go until the next major election. I will still continue to check the emails

    Its a given this administration a bad (maybe horrific) start. However, I want to see the ONECITY vision come to a reality and pray the leadership responds to this wake up call.... Waaaaaaaaaaaakkkkkeeeeeeeee Upppppppppppp!

  • Admiral Boom

    @Tony - Your comment "you sound black" is repugnant. This isn't about race, it's about ethics, trust, and corruption.

  • http://www.amamimus.com/solutions.html AMamiMus

    Real ethics reform would remove special interests' ability to make influence-peddling such a lucrative exercise. #justathought...

  • Really?

    Marciela said "Fenty's issues had to do with arrogance and many of his personnel choices."

    Bahahahahaha...Your kidding right? Let's take a look:

    -Omar received a $4.2 million management fee, but it also got an unusual second fee that procurement experts say is generous and unorthodox in a public project.

    - The "consultant's markup" gave Karim's firm, Banneker Ventures, 9 percent of fees charged by each subcontractor working on the parks projects. The extra fee could add more than $700,000 to Banneker's earnings.

    - Fenty removed Bill Slover, then chairman of the D.C. Housing Authority's board when he learned of the additional fee in the fall. Bill Slover called a special meeting of the board that oversaw the parks project. He

    -Peachoholics given 10 million funding without written contracts or results.

    -Shut down the Department of Mental Health (who will mostly likely use the new hospital owned by the city)

    -Firing Grace Wiggins types (meaning any D.C. civil servants who sides with District residents seeking to keep their place of residents affordable)

    - Pretty much denying any Agency Director the ability to testify at council hearings

    -Nominating unqualified individuals to influential boards. Remember Ximena Hartsock one of many nominations that weren’t qualified and she wasn’t even a US citizen .

    -having a $75,000 heater installed in his favorite city pool (Hains Point)

    -using city money to throw a frat party

    -Cut D.C. Fire Cadet Program (few programs that allowed 18-22 yr to become firefighters).

    - Summer Youth debacle (years 2007 -2010) has overspent $30 million in the last three yrs

    -Peter Nickels refusing to make public the books on NCRC and AWC (it's beleived that his wife was paid off some of these deals)

    -Fire Truck Scandal

    -using police resources to stop traffic so that his friends can ride bikes

    - OCTO (Office of Chief Tech Officer) Scandal (Google Yusuf Acar) multimillion-dollar embezzlement scam w/kickbacks, contract steering and ghost employees. Also it's believed that while several DC employees were fired many new employees are here on H1B visas

    -handling of the Jacks case. Fired workers without knowing the true extent of how their case loads had jumped. Didn't provide the resources to help said caseworkers.

    - D.C. tax office scandal ($20 million)

    -Moves David Jannaron (fire truck man aka) to be second in charge (Deputy) at DHCD

    -Federal investigation opened investigating ANOTHER employee in the city's workers' compensation agency

    -Planned to cut housing for homeless families in lieu extending Summer youth one week

    -Security fee’s waive for some events. D.C. doesn’t collected need revenue. An example is the $485,000 fee waived for the National Marathon alone. In hard times like these are these wise decisions? Also how does the administration determine who is waived and who is not.

    -Director of DDOT also owner of Zip Cars…conflict of interest?

    - The average number of Freedom of Information Act requests wholly denied by the city has quadrupled under Fenty, while the average number of requests has stayed constant to previous administrations

    - Fenty administration takes more than four years to implement the living wage bill.

    -Inclusionary zoning law (one for affordable housing) took almost 3 yrs to develop and implement regulations.

  • Really?

    If we want to be honest about the current political environment in the District, then an admission that race and power were major factors that played a huge role in the last election and with this current administration.

    Point, blank, period.

    Once, we can at least start off with that admission then maybe we can begin to have an honest dialogue about politics in this city.

  • Typical DC BS

    One thing I can't figure out is how Marion Barry couldn't come up with a way to enrich himself with all the shenanigans that have gone on since he's been in city government, but continued to find ways for his allies to benefit financially. Can it be that the ethic against stealing from the city government / election process is one that Mr. Barry has over all these other clowns on the DC Council?

    On the flip side, Mr. Barry needs new friends and confidants, because the ones he helped out so much over these past couple decades sure haven't done right by Mr. Barry!

  • noodlez

    @Admiral Boom-WHILE I DO NOT CONDONE FULLY LOADED FUCK UPS, I ALSO DID NOT VOTE FOR HIM BECAUSE I THOUGHT ALL ALONG HE WAS NO FIT FOR THE JOB AND HE IS WAY OUTTA HIS LEAGUE(HIS CEILING IN POLITICS SHOULD NOT RAISE ABOVE ANC).

    I MUST DISAGREE WITH THE LATTER PART OF YOUR COMMENT #24 "...This isn't about race, it's about ethics, trust, and corruption." IT SHOULD HAVE READ IT'S ABOUT RACE, ETHICS, TRUST AND CORRUPTION BECAUSE IT IS!

    Really? POINTED OUT SEVERAL CONFLICTS IN THE PRIOR ADMIN BUT BECAUSE HE WAS BIRACIAL, HOBNOBBED WITH WHITE FOLK AND HAD WHITE FOLK AS HEADS OF THE MAJORITY OF CABINET POSITIONS IT GAVE HIM A BUFFER OR FILTER FROM THE SHIT THAT KWAME, THOMAS, AND MAYOR GRAY FACES.

    Typical DC BS ALSO MAKES A GOOD POINT. I CANT RECALL BARRY STEALING MONEY. IM SURE THEY TRIED TO CONNECT SOME DOTS WITH HIM AND SOME DEVELOPERS BUT NOTHING STUCK UNTIL GAYTANIA'S COCKSUCKING ASS SOUGHT REVENGE FOR OPPOSING THE GAY FREEDOM BILL AND EVEN THAT SHIT WAS ON SOME MISDEMEANOR TYPE LEVEL.

  • Southeast Ken

    @Tony; why did you have to mention Miss Catania, Miss Graham, and Jack Evans?

    As I stated, I dislike all 13 members on the Council of the District of Columbia.

    I welcome a federal appointed 'Control Board'.

  • tony

    oh, my bad, I thought you liked David "lick lick" Catania.
    I thought you and "lick lick" was friends.

    You are also have denied being friends with Jim "MIMI" Graham.

    Sorry, I thought you "licklick" and "MIMI" were ALL friends....wow!!!!

  • michaeliceman

    It is sort of interesting that most of the media stories have cast the Mayor, Council and the District in general in such a negative light. I know that bad news and scandals sell papers and that some of these misdeeds are just plain idiotic...but is there anything positive coming out of the administration? There has to be something...right?

    I also noticed that the Mayor got a little peeved when he pointed this out at his press conference.

  • Wonder Woman

    @Southeast Ken I agree with you. I do not have proper respect for any of the 13. People were warned that Kwame B. was not qualified to be city council chair, but they obviously voted for him anyway. Look where it got us. This city HAS to elect better leaders if we are to become a better city. I say out with all incumbents, implement term limits and bring back the control board until all criminals are gone from the council. These people are robbing our city treasury like it is an eating trough. How do they get away with this???

  • Southeast Ken

    LOL@Tony; please put the 'crack' pipe down. I can't stand the ground Miss Catania walks on. If she were called on to glory tomorrow, I would dance with joy. As I stated, I dislike the entire DC Council.

  • Southeast Ken

    @noodlez; yes, Queens like Miss Catania can be vicious. If you cross her, she will try to come for you. I will put Leroy Thorpe on her. Leroy Thorpe cursed Miss Catania out a few years ago in a live DC Council hearing. LOL

    I didn't vote for Kwame Brown or Vincent Orange for the DC Council Chair. I wrote in Charlie Sheen's name.

  • tony

    @Southeast Ken, lol! I guess you are right...You would have to be high to want to be under the control of an all white republican control board. I am certain that they will serve your interest very well. Man, if your self-esteem is so low that you desire to be govern by the party of Klansman David Duke, then you will be better served jumping off the highest bride or hung from the highest tree.

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