Loose Lips

Michael Brown Tells Supporters He’ll Plead Guilty to Bribery

Former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown told supporters tonight that he plans to plead guilty after being caught in a bribery sting.

The Washington Post was the first to report the conference call, after WUSA-TV's Bruce Johnson broke the news of the bribery charge.

The investigation by the FBI began a year and a half ago, according to the Post. Undercover agents posing as local businessmen offered Brown money in exchange for help becoming a Certified Business Enterprise, which would give them an advantage when competing for contracts. Brown needed the money because of marriage troubles, according to an NBC 4 report. In April, Brown dropped out of his campaign to regain an at-large seat on the D.C. Council in a special election. He had lost his bid for re-election in November, coming in third in a race for two seats.

In tonight's conference call, Brown characterized the money as a loan that wasn't part of any quid pro quo arrangement, Brown conference call participant Robert Brannum tells LL. Still, according to Brannum, Brown said he would plead guilty.

"He was going to take responsibility for something that he should not have put himself in," Brannum says.

A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Ron Machen declined to comment. Brown couldn't be reached for comment.

If Brown does plead guilty, it will be his second run-in with the Justice Department. In 1997, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor violations of campaign finance law after organizing people to make straw donations to Ted Kennedy's Senate campaign.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • dude

    and i was having reservations about voting for grosso. not any longer.

  • SMH

    Later bro. Three former councilmembers plead out in less than two years. Wow. Keep on, Mr. Machen!

  • Art

    So Mike Brown says he didn't take money as part of a quid pro quo, but he will plead guilty to bribery? Laughable. Luckily no judge will accept those facts as part of a plea so Mr. Brown will have to come clean on the record or proceed to trial.

  • tony

    It appears that Brother Michael Brown used his position granted to him largely by black voters to try to steer city contracts designed for small minority businesses to “others” who were not legally qualified for those city contracts. In other words, Brother Brown got caught in a federal sting trying to "sell out" the black community.

    I could never defend any black politician who would use their power to cause harm and damage to the very same people who trusted and supported them.

    It’s becoming very clear that Brother Machen has a very important role to play in this city. And if that role is to protect poor and disadvantaged black folks from being duped by their own then so be it!

  • NE John

    Did not see this was back online.

    Eggman has been smashed to pieces!

  • tony

    Let it be said that black representation in this city will survive. We as a people have seen darker days, You get it!

  • noodlez

    I MUST ADMIT I DIDN'T SEE THIS COMING. THE SAME JOKER WHO LIED ABOUT PLAYING IN CAPITAL CLASSIC. WHO DOES THAT???

    MARRIAGE TROUBLES??? SLIM THAT IS A LAME ASS EXCUSE.

    SO WHAT OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS WERE/ARE THE FBI BUZZING AROUND TO STING?

    MICHAEL BROWN WAY TO HOLD DOWN YOUR FATHER'S LEGACY!

  • tony

    @noodlez, EXCELLENT POINT, DAWG.

    Man, we still have to stand by our folks especially the ones that are doing a good job. And, we got to encourage other brothers and sisters to consider running for office. I still believe in the importance of black political representation.

    If any black person believes that Jack Evans, Tommy Wells or David Catania is a reasonable alternative to Mayor Gray then they are living in fantasy land.

  • Michael Brown Supporter

    @noodlez, He fooled some but not all. Preach brutha he's killing his father's legacy.

    Michael A. Brown you ain't shit!!!

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