Archive for June, 2012

Michael Brown: SOL?

Yesterday came the news that At-Large D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown had parted ways with his campaign treasurer, Hakim Sutton, whose home was searched by the police. Brown says a bunch of campaign moula was stolen, but won't say who took it or how much.
LL hears that it's no small amount that's disappeared, and indeed, Brown told [...]

Morning Clicks

Mendo the big ol' NIMBY [HC]
ICYMI: Michael Brown asks for campaign probe, MPD searches ex-treasurer's home. [LL]
Post keen on Robert Spagnoletti for ethics board. [Post]
"There is little wrong with the city's panoply of existing campaign finance laws that greater disclosure and muscular enforcement can't cure." [Examiner]

Police Search Home of Michael Brown’s Former Treasurer

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department executed a search warrant this afternoon at the home of Hakim Sutton, who up until very recently was At-Large Councilmember Michael A. Brown's campaign treasurer, according to sources familiar with the ongoing law enforcement investigation.
Brown released a statement today saying that he'd discovered an unnamed aide had been stealing [...]

Natwar Gandhi’s Mostly Painless Confirmation Hearing

Natwar Gandhi, the District's chief financial officer, coasted through his Council confirmation hearing today, as witness after witness effusively praised his 12 years in the job. Among those who testified was one of Gandhi's predecessors as CFO, former Mayor Anthony Williams. “Picking someone who has already been working in the city not only sends a powerful message [...]

Michael Brown: Someone Stole From Me!

At-Large Councilmember Michael A. Brown has just put out a release saying one of his longtime campaign aides has been stealing from his campaign funds and the police are investigating at his request.
Brown wouldn't say who the aide was, but he did say that he's taken over as his campaign's treasurer, since he was the [...]

Morning Clicks

Nat Gandhi is who he is. [Post]
Post calls Rand Paul a big ol' libertarian hypocrite. [Post]
Vince Gray talking green in China. [Examiner]
FEMS overboard on overtime budget. [Times]

Say Cheese

One of the epicenters of local political news this year has been the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Court House, a squat shrine to justice a short drive down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Wilson Building. It was at Prettyman where former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. admitted to stealing city funds and later was sentenced [...]

VO’s Son Caught Double Dipping Unemployment Bennies

At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange’s son was improperly paid about $8,000 in D.C. unemployment benefits while working for a city contractor last year, according to several officials.
For most of the second half of 2011, Vincent Orange Jr. received regular unemployment checks from the D.C. Department of Employment Services, officials say. At the same time, he was [...]

Funny Business

Check out some District-politics inspired rewrites of classic kiddie books, brought to you by Washington City Paper design aces Brooke Hatfield and Jandos Rothstein. Click here.

Labor Gearing Up to Oppose Gray Water Pick

Organized labor groups are gearing up to oppose Mayor Vince Gray's decision to put one of his favorite lobbyists, Rod Woodson, on the D.C. Water board of directors, according to city and union officials.
Yesterday, Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells put the brakes on Woodson's nomination, over potential conflict-of-interest concerns stemming from Woodson's work on [...]