Barry Takes Thousands in Gifts From City Contractors
Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry took in some generous gifts last year, the Washington Post reports today. In 2012, two city contractors gave a combined $6,800 that, depending on who you believe, were either personal loans or gifts meant to pay the mayor-for-life's bills.
Keith Forney, whose Forney Enterprises gave Barry $2,800, tells the Post that the money was for some of Barry's expenses. Barry, though, claims that $2,800 from Forney and $4,000 from F&L Construction were loans.
As the Post points out, the D.C. Council's code of conduct limits gifts from companies with business relationships with the city to under $20—so Barry is about $6,760 over the limit.
Neither Forney or F&L Construction owner Freddie Winston responded to requests for comment about the Post story. Barry isn't saying much about the gifts anymore, either. "I'm not talking to anybody else about that subject," Barry tells LL.
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