Who in Ward 8 is So Concerned?
Yesterday LL reported on an anonymous attack flyer aimed at Ward 8 council candidate Jacque Patterson, which was paid for by a mystery group "Concerned Citizens of Ward 8."
Turns out another mystery group with a similar name was behind a noteworthy flyer in last year's at-large race. The Post reported last April reported Councilmember Vincent Orange was passing around flyers in Ward 8 last year that said of Orange: "He walks like us. He talks like us. He has a record of working for us."
The flyer said it was paid for by "Concerned Ward 8 residents," according to the Post.
Orange took some heat for the flyer's racially charged content, and at his election night speech he distanced himself from the flyer by saying he walks and talks like residents of each of the District's 8 wards. (“I walk like and I talk like and I work for the people of Ward 1,” Orange said that night. Repeating the same line seven more times for each ward.) And when the Post caught him passing out the flyers, Orange was quick to point out to that his campaign didn't pay for them.
So who did pay for it? Great question. There's certainly no mention of any "Concerned Ward 8 Residents" in records at Office of Campaign Finance. The Post noted that former Ward 8 Councilmember Sandy Allen, who was with Orange helping to pass out flyers, "took credit for helping to put together the advertisement," but LL's not sure that means she paid for it. Allen, who is Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry's current campaign manager, didn't immediately return LL's calls.
As LL noted yesterday, there's also no record at OCF of who is behind the "Concerned Residents of Ward 8" group that put out the Patterson fliers. LL's no lawyer, but these unreported campaign efforts all seem to be on the wrong side of legal. But then again, OCF isn't equipped to investigate these sort of things, so whoever is behind these flyers probably doesn't need to worry.
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