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Frumin Crushing Field in At-Large Election Money Race

The first set of campaign finance reports is in for the eight candidates still running in April's special election for an at-large Council seat. The most noteworthy filing is the $71,000 raised by little-known Matthew Frumin, an attorney and Ward 3 ANC commissioner. Frumin, who also lent his campaign $10,000 of his own money, has raised more than double of any of the seven other candidates running.

Perhaps even more interesting than Frumin's hearty haul is how poorly several well-connected candidates are doing. Former Councilmember Michael Brown only raised $9,500, of which he's already spent $8,425. Councilmember Anita Bonds, who was recently appointed to the council by the D.C. Democratic State Committee, raised $11,000. That figure includes a $5,000 loan from Bonds to her own campaign. Republican Pat Mara, who came close to winning the last special election in 2011, only raised about $20,000.

The rest of the field includes former Loose Lips Elissa Silverman, who raised a respectable $35,700 considering she's not accepting corporate donations; pro-pot lawyer Paul Zukerberg, who raised $6,500 and loaned himself another $3,000; D.C. Statehood Green party candidate Perry Redd, who raised less than $1,000; and mortgage banker John Settles, who hasn't filed his report yet.

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  1. #1

    So what does that mean for Settles?

  2. #2

    MO MONEY DON'T MEAN SHIT!

    WHERE DID HE GET THE $61GRAND COME FROM?
    WHOSE DONATING?
    DO THEY HAVE CONTRACTS?

    YO SEWERMAN MAKE SOME NEWS!!!

  3. #3

    'Mo Money' sho didn't mean shit for Fenty.
    And we're talkin serious cash there.

  4. #4

    From the people in his own ANC:

    Re: \Currying favor with developers rather than representing the interests of constituents.

    Yesterday's quarterly Office of Campaign Finance filing indicates that Douglas Development (Jemal's company) and the two Holland & Knight lawyers who represented him in the Babe's case - Norman Glasgow (a MD resident) and Mary Carolyn Brown -- each contributed $500 to the Frumin at-Large campaign.

    As I said earlier, when elected officials enter into prolonged negotiations with developers, refuse to share with their constituents what they're asking for, emerge with a deal that seems really bad, and then refuse to make any changes that would address and alleviate constituent concerns, people start to wonder who those elected officials are really working for.

    If we see this sort of behavior at the ANC level, imagine what it will look like at the Council level.

  5. #5

    ^^^^^

    Interesting that a female with a different (but verified) name posted the exact same thing, verbatim, on a neighborhood listserv. I wonder if "Alex" is a pseudonym for one of the people who perpetually oppose any new development in Upper NW?

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