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Oh Irony! Jeff Thompson Alleges Corruption in D.C. Contracting


How's this for irony: the man at the center of the investigation into Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 campaign, which prosecutors say was tainted by "backroom deals" and unreported cash, is alleging there's corruption in District contracting.

Jeff Thompson says the District government turned a blind eye to corrupt contracting practices that shut out his Medicaid managed care organization, Chartered Health Plan, from even being able to bid earlier this month on a contract it has held for years.

While Thompson's beef may or may not have merits, it's still a guffaw-inducing allegation. Why? Thompson allegedly funneled illegal straw donations to Gray's campaign as well as put up $650,000 for an illegal "shadow campaign" effort. He did so, according to what his one-time associate Jeanne Harris said under oath while in court, because Thompson was worried that if Gray's opponent, Adrian Fenty, won, it would be bad for Thompson's contracts with the District.

Thompson's company, D.C. Healthcare Systems, is the parent company of Chartered. It filed a protest with the D.C. CAB on Dec. 17. (Washington Business Journal's Ben Fischer first reported the protest.) Thompson has hired attorney Daniel Abrahams of the law firm Brown Rudnick to represent D.C. Healthcare Systems in front of the CAB. (Thompson's legal troubles have been great for the city's lawyers: Attorney A. Scott Bolden is also working for Thompson on Chartered-related matters, and Brendan Sullivan is representing Thompson in the federal investigation into Gray's campaign.)

Thompson says Chartered, which the city placed into receivership because of a host of financial problems, was unfairly shut out from submitting a bid for the city's Medicaid contract. Abrahams says in the protest, a copy of which you can read here, that both Chartered's city-appointed receiver and an outside law firm hired to assist the city figure out what to do with Chartered have conflict of interest issues: the receiver because his brother used to work at Chartered, the outside law firm because it has ties to two firms that Chartered says are its competitors, including AmeriHealth Mercy, a Philadelphia-based firm that city officials say is close to buying Chartered. Abrahams indicates that the District ignored Thompson's protests about these potential conflicts and was "shocked" to learned that the city-controlled Chartered hadn't bid on the recent Medicaid contract but had instead signed a letter of intent with AmeriHealth, which submitted a bid for the city's Medicaid contract.

Abrahams says the contract solicitation was  "tainted by illegal collusive bidding" and should be redone.

"Make no mistake about it; these are not merely the private affairs of a private company that decided not to compete for its own business reasons. The District took control of Chartered under the guise of reforming and revitalizing it; yet it turned the instruments of its control over to agents who had another agenda, and then sat blindly while they pursued that contrary agenda, all to the detriment of the procurement system," Abrahams writes.

You know what else is a detriment to the District's procurement system? Nah ... forget it.

  • noodlez

    @AM-I'M WILLING TO CUT THE BROTHER SOME SLACK BECAUSE HIS FOCUS IS ON FED EX FIELD AND ALONG WITH THE OWNER WHO GOT SO MUCH BOTOX HE LOOKS LIKE A DALLAS HOUSEWIFE.

    I SEE OL'JEFF DROPPIN SCUD MISSLES AND CARPET BOMBS.
    A BIT O ADVICE TO MEE LADDY JEFF:
    U FALL ON YOUR OWN SWORD WHEN ITS TIME TO GO.
    DON'T SWING THE SWORD AROUND YOU MAY CUT SOMEONE AND GIVE THIS COWBOY LOVIN, DC HATIN' HACKOLOGIST MORE FODDER THAN HE HE NEEDS!

    GO SKINS!
    FIGHT FOR OL' D.C.
    QUIET JEFF!
    FIGHT FOR OL' D.C.

  • Drez

    Anyone seen Reuben Charles lately?

  • nowaitadaminit

    Happy New Year Jane:

    Not hip (as nwadm dates himself)to the current bar scene, but have you tried the places close to Eastern Market: the one @ 8th & G or the one on the 7th Street side of the market? Will check with some young frugal and discerning friends who are familiar with that scene and get back at cha.

    PLEASE SOMEBODY GIVE NOODLEZ A COLUMN!!!!!!

    Though I'm not speaking to Drez, I will say to anybody else who is interested, Reuben O. Charles, Jr is the key to the entire 2010 campaign scandal if not all of the campaigns Jeff 'The Sour Grape' Thompson has been affiliated with. Two Afro-Caribbean brothers under the skin. Both as slick as goose grease and both of whom seem more than able to cover their asses when the cold winds blow.

    Thompson should have beat Charles to the 5th Street NW offices of the US Atty. The fact he didn't is why you are reading about Thompson and not Charles. I'd be willing to bet the arid farm Charles threw Thompson under the bus with the rest of that gang of thieves.

    Charles, Jeanne Clarke Harris, Mark Long and some incompetent wanna-be named Tony (Murphy?) were in that slugfest as thick as flies on doo-doo. Guess the big dog missed the shout out from Machem saying it would be best for them to call him as opposed to the other way around.

    Charles left the Wilson Building after testifying before Mary 'The Hypocrite' Cheh's hearing and went without passing 'Go' to Machen's office and spilled his guts as if someone had given him salt water to drink after too many cocktails.

    We'll probably never get the real story because too many politicians and dollars are involved in the telling. But Noodlez is right on the money. If Thomp is as smart as he is purported to be, he would take his lumps and ride off into a sunset toward the islands. Praying that the long arm of the campaign finance laws are not reaching out to snatch him back to face the music.

    For the sake of Washington, DC, I hope the protective cloak around Thompson, etal stays secure. WE DO NOT NEED TO HAVE THAT CAN OF WORMS OPENED ALL THE WAY. Remember, it is not just WDC pols, but quite a few Nationals as well.

    Drez was being facetious but it was the perfect opening to out Reuben 'The Rooster' Charles again.

  • newcomer

    Thompson needs to face the music. The old ways of doing things may have worked for a dysfunctional city and its dysfunctional residents, but the newer residents of the city will continue to demand better. And, we will get it.

  • mizluvsco

    Hey Newcomer: Do me a favor and check to see if any politicians in the area you came from (and obviously were not satisfied with for one reason or another) accepted any money from Jeff Thompson.

    And if not from Jeff Thompson, find out who they did accept money from. Then let us dysfunctional life/long residents know why you chose to move to this dysfunctional city demanding what you think you and your cohorts are entitled to.

    See, where ever you newcomers came from, things must be a lot worse there than they are here. We've been getting along nicely without you and your entitlement flag waving assholes. Yeah, we have some things to work on. What big or little city doesn't? Whether or not you know it, Washington DC is relatively new at the home rule game. In fact political corruption where you left is a lot worse than it appears to be here. Those jurisdictions have been playing footsie with politicians much longer than the dysfunctional residents of this dysfunctional city you MOVED INTO demanding change. So if you know so much why didn't you just stay there and demand better?

  • newcomer

    says a barry voter. lol

  • mizwillis

    No, newcomer:

    Just a life long resident Washington, DC lover.

    Don't get me wrong though, I definitely loves me some Marion Barry. By the way, he chose to move to DC just like you did. People here love him so much for what he did for the city they would not allow the establishment to railroad him in spite of the millions of dollars spent trying to do so.

    That's why they call him Mayor for Life. Ain't a damn thing you or anybody else can do about that regardless of your DEMANDS. Is that ANGRY STRONG BLACK MAN still bothering you and your kind, and do you think only African Americans continued to put him in office?

    Go back home and demand change there.

  • mizluvsco

    To #9: Don't know why she bothered to answer you.
    I'm tryin' to watch this game.
    She thinks you're a Dallas fan.
    Are you?

  • Drez

    It's not really whether Thompson gave money, it's whether he gave it illegally, and whether this can be proven, and whether if can be proven the recipient knew of the illegality.

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  • MoreNowPlease!!!

    I always thought igonorance of the law was no excuse.
    Also, wasn't there something about using other people's names to donate money? And didn't they have proof of that?

    This thing is getting confusing. I think Mr. Thompson should just take it like a man and exit the stage. He didn't have any complaints about all the contracts he was awarded. Now all of sudden he's crying foul ball.

    I know the politicians he blessed will be glad when he shuts up. His whining will only create more problems for them. Especially Williams and Fenty.

  • Drez

    They have proof with Gray and Orange.
    I've not heard of others.
    The main crime with Gray is the illegal $650K shadow campaign. At the point just before the primary, 2/3 of his money- his organization- was illegal.

  • Drez

    For the politicians to be culpable there would need to be proof they new Thompson was donating in excess of allowable amounts, such as by laundering his own money through multiple donors.
    I'm not worried about Williams or Fenty at all.
    Let the chips fall where they may.

  • cutthecrap

    @mizwillis...two thumbs up!

  • nowaitadaminit

    Jane: Saw an interesting little establishment at 5th & H Sts NE yesterday morning during my daily stroll through the hood. Had a sign outside offering bargains on drinks. Might want to check em out.

  • newcomer

    Angry strong black man or weak crack-addled racist has-been goat?
    And, no I am not a Dallas fan. I cheer for the team from Raljon, Md.

  • nowaitadaminit

    newcomer are you sure they didn't run your ass out of that last town on a rail? Looks like we might have to smoke you out and do the same. We don't need your type in DC making demands and disparaging our elected officials. He may be a recovering substance abuser; he may appear racist at times (All Black people in American have earned that right because of the collective victimization by Whites); and he may even be an 'old' goat, though you forgot to put that in your rant. BUT THE ONE THING YOU CANNOT CALL MARION BARRY IS WEAK OR A 'HAS BEEN'!!!!! Ole Boy/Man is still going strong mentally. Maybe a little slow on the moves, but strong of intellect and that is what people like you fail to realize. YES!!! HATERS, THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A VERY INTELLIGENT. VERY STRONG, ANGRY BLACK MAN. Quite a few to be exact. Don't fear that fact, embrace it. This country as built on the backs of their ancestors.

    Though Marion Barry may be many things, he also happens to be OUR Strong, Angry, Intelligent Black Man and we don't take kindly to wimpy ass newby wannabees demanding
    a gd thing from us. GO BACK HOME MOFO. If they'll have you.

  • mizwillis

    If I remember correctly, George The Elder Bush is a bit frail now. His son was a weakling and had substance abuse problems.

    FDR was loathed to be seen in a wheelchair lest he be considered weak. Now bear in mind the chair meant he WAS too weak to walk. He was still a womanizer through it all.

    JFK has serious back problems and was said to abuse drugs in the White House. Lawd hab mercy: Don't even talk about his extra marital affairs in his wife's bed.

    Okay, Jefferson had children by his slave (Whom he never set free) and he was damned near a pauper at the time of his demise.

    Marion S. Barry is just the son of a sharecropper who managed to get an education in spite of his humble beginnings. We in the Black community give honor to that type of achievement and stamina.

    Please leave Marion Barry out of your ignorant non-informed rants. Talk about some of the above. Dig a little more deeply into PRESIDENTAL personalities and then reconsider DC Mayor for Life Marion Barry's shortcomings. If you're fair, which I doubt you can be, he'll come out smelling like a rose.

  • noodlez

    @NEWCOMER-WATCH YOUR MOUTH. YOU DRIVING RECKLESS.
    IF THE CITY IS SO FUCKING DYSFUNCTIONAL WHY DID YOU COME HERE?

    YOUR BLANKET STATEMENT OF CALLING THE RESIDENTS OF THIS CITY DYSFUNCTIONAL IS WHAT I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH!!!!
    YOUR WHITE ASS WHO IS EITHER A REDNECK OR HOMOSEXUAL FLOCKED HERE BASED ON PURE DYSFUNCTIONALITY. YOU'RE EITHER RUNNING FROM SOMETHING OR RUNNING TO SOMETHING. FOR YOU TO CALL THE BEAUTIFUL HARD WORKING PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON, D.C. DYSFUNCTIONAL SHOWS JUST WHERE YOU ARE MENTALLY AND THAT IS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN CLOWN AND JOKER.

    I SUSPECT YOUR IGNINT BUTT BUDDIES HIT U UP ON THE SOCIAL NET AND TOLD U ABOUT THE GR8 THINGS HERE. LOL. BIKE LANES. SEGREGATED AREAS FOR FOLK OF YOUR ILK. WACK CENSUS NUMBERS SHOWING WHITE GROWTH. BEN'S CHILI BOWL. QUEER AYUCK ANTAGONIZING THE BLACK NINJA JEWS AT GALLERY PLACE AND LIKE A DAMN FOOL YOU PLOPPED DOWN 3 OR 4 GRAND ON A FAKE ASS CONDO/APARTMENT THINKING YOU MADE IT AND WILL DEMAND BETTER?? CHILD PLEEZE!

    A LOT OF US NATIVE WASHINGTONIANS OR AS YOU PUT IT “DYSFUNCTIONAL RESIDENTS” KNEW WHEN THE LIGHTS CAME ON IT WAS TIME TO GO HOME OR YOU WAS GONNA GET YOU ASS WHOOPED BY YOUR MAMA, NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR AND ANYONE ELSE WHO WANTED TO JOIN IN ON THE ASS WHOOPING PARTY. SO WHEN THE LIGHTS FINALLY COME ON UPSTAIRS NEWCOMER DO US ALL A FAVOR AND GO HOME!!!! OR . . .!

    YO WASHINGTONIANS!
    FIGHT FOR OL’ D.C.!!!!!!
    FUCK THEM COWBAMMAS AND ALL THOSE MYOPIC LIL TWITTY NEWCOMER ASS BAMMAS TOO.

  • just sayin

    ^^^^mizwillis, Noodlez, nowwaitadamninit..you hit that nail squarely on the head.

    Mizwillis' list isn't complete without adding Teddy Kennedy. Not unlike Barry, TK continued in public service up to his death, after he rose above his personal demons, including the drunk driving death of a young woman who ended up in a river.

    To the point about DC corruption, it's pretty damn ignorant how some believe that ALL roads lead to Marion Barry. There is an elite group of Untouchables in this city (Catania, Graham, Evans) who act of their own free will to entertain conflcits of interest and violate ethics, but it's convenient to look the other and not upset the status quo.

  • just sayin

    CORRECTION: "...convenient to look the other WAY..."

  • NE John

    Happy New Year Noodles and the rest of you old native DC folks. I'm getting pretty tired of the newcomers too. I liked them at first because so many cute girls were becoming commonplace on our once barren DC streets. They are pissing me off now for several reasons that I don't feel like expressing today.

    But, I still like the bike lanes. I used to try riding here in the '70's and a daily experience was a deuce and a quarter running your ass off the road without a care.

  • southeast lady

    I have been in DC since I was born 72 years ago. Okay. Before we had a mayor, wards, DC council.

    I was in DC when DC was run by White folks. Commissioners and other Southern Miscreants. Okay.

    I was in DC when the police department was all male and all white. Okay.

    I was in DC when "things started changing for Blacks. Okay.

    I was in the world when the Federal government did not hire Blacks for positions other than custodial work. Okay.

    Marion Barry started out as a "good" colored,
    Negro, Black, African American, or whatever they may call that group of people in the future.

    mizwillis: No to your rant about Marion Barry, Sharecropper's son, ya da ya da ya da. He betrayed the Black people in DC, if not by word but by action.

    And the mayors that came after him are no better. A certain sense of things need to be dealt with.

  • southeast lady

    Newcomer: May be, Just maybe, your kind may make DC a better city. Granted, as long as it does not mean moving all Black folks out of DC and all poor people out of DC. Keep in mind that all Black people in DC are not poor, there are also poor Whites in DC.

  • mizwillis

    Dear Ms southeast lady

    With all due respect to your age and all, I think you need to be more cognizant of the facts of life regarding what some consider a 'dysunctional' city/citizenry.

    No, newcomer and his kind will never make DC a better city for you. It is delusional for you to be unaware how (At least the above referenced) newcomer feels about you and your city. That one doesn't give a kitty about whether or not there are poor White or Black people in DC. His agenda is to disparage ALL citizens of DC especially one Marion S. Barry who is the only reason so many 'poor' Black DC citizens were able to move into the so-called middle class.

    The certain sense of things which truly need to be dealt with are unenlightened African American, Black, Negro or whatever we are being called now and in the future who are blinded by the fact that all of our elected AA, Black, Negro etc..... were/not good choices. Something is wrong with that statement Ms. Lady. I don't have the words nor the time to diagnose what it is that ails you. Perhaps it is some form of self-hatred?

    Marion Barry is a very Strong, Intelligent, Angry Black man who also happens to be a recovering substance abuser.
    The fact that he is Strong and Black is what rankles people like newcomer. What exactly is it that bothers you about him and all of the Mayors that came after him?

    Walter Washington, God Rest His Soul, was not ELECTED by the citizens of DC. He was appointed by the Southern White Folks Commissioners and other miscreants you refer to in your post. Are you including him in your statement about 'the mayors that came after Barry?

    Anyway, Ms. southeast, I really feel sorry for you and for newcomer. This is a new day and a new dawning for African American, Black, Negro, etc.... We have another Strong Black Man in the White House now and he was not elected by people like newcomer. BELIEVE IT!!!!

  • tony

    I will be glad when our black politicians hear our cry for political, social and economic justice. Look folks, black people have been in charge of this city for the last 30 years. And with the exception of Marion Barry, very few of our black politicians have taken a progressive stance on getting blacks anything worthwhile in this city. Yeah, a few get some ole government jobs but not much else.

    Hard reality:

    1.Since Marion Barry left the Mayor Office, blacks in this city have seen a decrease in government contracts being awarded to black firms although we had black governance.
    2. The gentrification of once proud black neighborhoods and communities has been pushed and executed by black politicians.
    3. The closing of traditional public schools has been pushed and executed by black politicians.
    4. The shift in public policies that caters and favors the white newcomers have been pushed and executed by black politicians.
    5. The blame for failing to produce a strong and vibrant economic plan for black communities can be laid at the feet of our black politicians.
    6. The closing down of black businesses at alarming rates occurred under black leadership.
    7. The censoring of black politicians was initiated by other blacks.
    8. The promoting ineffective black people to the council were done by blacks. Fenty and Bowser.

    In a nutshell, we need new black leadership in D.C. We need successful blacks with strong grass-roots backgrounds. Such people would have track records of being effective doers and a background which shows their real commitment to public service.

    The crew we have now is the answer.
    .

  • tony

    orrection:The crew we have now is not the answer.
    .

  • nowaitadaminit

    Tony, Tony, Tony

    What happened to you young man? I had quite a bit of respect for you earlier this year. You came across as a thinking and productive member of our society. Then you rant and rave about Council Woman Alexander and now you
    collectively clump the 'crew we have now' together to cast aspersions upon ALL of the elected Black politicians in DC.

    I am not familiar with the way minority contracts are or are not awarded as when Marion Barry was Mayor. I do know that this city is being effectively run by the current Mayor in spite of the difficulties he is faced with because some people think his campaign was run differently from all others.

    Could it be the fact that you don't get the contracts you were getting under Marion Barry that makes you so bitter about the current process?

    Your last line in #28 was a Freudian slip, son. No correction in the world will change that fact.

  • tony

    @nowaitadaminit, my friend, I still have a great deal of respect for you and many others on this blog who fight for social and poitical justice for black folks. Thats a good thing.

    However, I don't believe that our black politicians in this town hear our cry for political and social justice. And its only by applying pressure on these black politicians could we as the black community ever get the sort of representation that will make our community whole.

    In referenced to Mayor Gray. He is a good man with great potential and my support for him has not wavered. But, as I told him personally, I would like to see his adminstration take a more aggressive approach in dealing with the serious issues facing the black community. Of course, he made no promises, but I get the sense that he got the message.

    Lastly, I have never received a government contract. I made my money selling real estate with a focus on black single mothers searching for the America dream.

  • nowaitadaminit

    @Tony:

    I'm happy to hear you don't clump Mayor Gray in your dump on 'the crew we have now'. That fact was not very clear from your post. I'm also delighted to hear you stepped to him personally about his administration's approach. From what I can see (not close up, of course) about Mayor Gray is that he did not need your advice on aggressively dealing with the serious issues facing the Black community. And of course he made no promises. It appears that he is a Man unto himself with no close advisors, unfortunately. But who can blame him after the Lorraine Green & posse 'f' fest. She really put the screws to him in her quest for mainstream acceptance and power. That poor choice for delegation of duties and responsibilities almost brought him down. But he didn't choke. He is rebounding soundly; even his most critical haters are acknowledging that fact.

    Also, observing from a distance, the Mayor is definitely taking an aggressice approach in dealing with the serious issues facing the ENTIRE CITY, not just the Black community of which I understand is his own community. The fact that he ventured forth with another demographic for his education and exposure does not preclude his understanding the challenges of Blacks. The two are not mutually exclusive.

    That diversity is what has propelled him along in life while also striving to make a better quality of life for all of the people he has helped along the way. There are many. Check his record; he has never expounded on that as he well could, but it is a fact.

    And to your 'lastly', I hope your focus is on helping Black single parents (there are many single fathers who could use that help as well).

    Tell your own parent(s)/significant role models 'They done good.' Now if I can just get you to control your diatribe against Sister Alexander, I'll be even more proud of a young (compared to me) Black brother I've never met personally, but want to continue to admire and respect.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR

  • Drez

    That would be the same Lorriene Greene who is often recognized as his oldest and closest advisor?
    Sorry, had to be said.

  • nowaitadaminit

    The operative word, Drez is: WAS
    Which rock have you been hiding under?
    Even I know there has been almost no contact (two x's?) since the first CoS resigned. I really would like to know more about THAT; but obviously you don't know since you seem to think the man still relies on the Mean Queen Green. Nobody can say he didn't learn that lesson. Wishing doesn't make it so, youngun.
    Sorry, had to be said.

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