Alexander: I Took No Bribes on Lotto Contract
The Associated Press reported today that as part of an investigation into how the D.C. lottery contract was awarded, the feds have been looking into allegations of wrongdoing by Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander.
Specifically, "two staffers for Alexander asked [lottery bidder Warren Williams Jr.] for money to prove his loyalty to the councilmember, with one putting the price tag at $20,000, according to people familiar with the probe. Investigators are aware of the request and have asked about it, according to a person they have interviewed. Alexander told AP she made no such offer and that she doesn't take the allegations seriously."
Alexander's office put out a statement today reaffirming that denial:
Recently, I was made aware of allegations that were made against me and two of my staffers regarding an illegal $20,000 bribe from Warren Williams, Jr. in order to secure a lottery contract. Two of my staffers were accused of soliciting money from Williams, encouraging him to prove his loyalty to me as the Ward 7 Councilmember. I want to make it clear that these allegations are totally false and have no merit.
I have never accepted any money or bribes in exchange for a legislative vote. All of my votes have been based on what I believe is best for my constituents, not what is best for me. I have served the residents of the District of Columbia with the utmost integrity, and I would never jeopardize my reputation with an outright criminal act.
I also would like to note that as of today, I, and my staff members, have not been contacted by federal investigators regarding these allegations. I will continue to work hard to represent the residents of Ward 7 and the District of Columbia.
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