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Alleged Shadow Campaign Operative Vernon Hawkins Charged

Vernon Hawkins at Vincent Orange's 2011 victory party

Vernon Hawkins, a longtime friend of Mayor Vince Gray and an alleged operative for the 2010 shadow campaign, has been charged with lying to federal investigators.

According to charging documents, in Dec. 2011, Hawkins passed money to a caterer who had worked as transportation coordinator for the shadow campaign. The money, which Hawkins allegedly received from Jeff Thompson associate Jeanne Clarke Harris, was meant to convince the caterer to leave the District to avoid federal investigators.

Hawkins is charged with lying to investigators about the alleged plan to get the caterer out of town. Since Hawkins has been charged in a criminal information, he's expected to plead guilty.

Hawkins' knowledge of District campaigns extends beyond Gray's 2010 run. He worked as an advisor in Vincent Orange's 2011 run, even earning special thanks from the candidate when he was sworn in.

Hawkins was at Orange's headquarters the day that the FBI searched Thompson and Harris' homes. One campaign worker tells LL that, on hearing the news, Hawkins looked like a general who'd been told that his base was being overrun.

  • joan

    This man led the largest DC government agency back in the 1990s under Barry - it was then the Dept of Health and Human Services - the safety net collapsed and the Control Board took over - put this man in jail!

  • drez

    One City!

  • Stephon

    Hey Joan,
    Get a life!! Its funny how City Paper reports on this so called Shadow Campaign. City Paper should study how an incumbent with $5million in the bank LOST!!! And of course JT gave plenty of money to Fenty as well...
    Steph

  • DC Native

    Stephon;

    So called Shadow Campaign? What rock are you living under. The paper is reporting on actual criminal activity at the highest levels of City government. Not peoples feelings on Fenty....

  • sticktoyourguns

    stephon you ain't never lied. when they gonna report on how much money Muriel Bowser has taken from jeff Thompson as well as many other developers here in DC....you don't need to wonder why ward 4 is getting 2 Walmarts damn near down the street from each other

  • sticktoyourguns

    I do agree that all of this mess was done with no reason since Fenty would have lost if that campaign had 5.00 in the bank. Not one resident wanted Fenty as mayor ever again all they had to do was campaign and wait for the people to speak....seems like all of this being done was for some other reason than a campaign.

  • Pegasus

    Hawkins is a crook. He has been a crook for decodes. We native Washingtonians know all about him. He wanted the someone (caterer, transport coordinator) to hide from the FBI. Just like Edward Snowden. And you can be sure that Vernon pocketed some of hte campaign money.

  • DCShadyBoots

    ::Snicker::: @ Ron Machen.

  • Barry Morase

    This is turning into a Soap Opera. When will it all be over, I wonder?

  • Michael Brown Supporter

    Thank God he never gave funds to Michael Brown's campai... Oh shit!

  • shadesofgraaaaay

    LOOK OUT MY MAYOR! MACHEN IS COMING FOR YOUR SAGGY OLD ASS.

    ONE CITAAAYYYYYYY!!!

  • Pegasus

    Vincent Orange wil be indicted. So will Gray. So will jim Graham.

  • Typical DC BS

    @Pegasus: We can only pray that Miss Graham finally gets caught.

  • noodlez

    ALL YALL BAMMAS DROOLING OVER WHAT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN WITH THIS FOOL.

    ONE CITY. ONE LESS FOOL.

  • PoliticsRHustles

    Who knows the name of the dude,caterer? He did some pretty good dishes while I was volunteering for Gray & Orange campaigns in Washington, D.C. Now I know what happened to main caterer after reading this article. If you back holla on Facebook so we know you in town.

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  • Lord Disick

    @noodlez - one less fool indeed. How many fools has One City shed thus far?

    Brown, K
    Thomas
    Harris
    Thompson (effectively - indictment coming soon)
    Gore
    Hawkins
    Green, L (career over)
    Sillymon (he was telling the truth, though)
    Several unqualified and overpaid children of the Friends of Gray, who are too unimportant to call out by name..

    Pretty incredible in one term, eh noodlez? Of course, the big fish is still out there, waiting for the inevitable.

    And somehow, Rueben Charles has slithered away, scot-free.

  • mizwillis

    Interesting how all of the above is lumped under ONE CITY
    but none of the accomplishments made during the administration have been noted. At least this poor fool didn't list the Mayor as one of those on his list.

  • mizwillis

    re #16. Of course I assume the big fish referred to is Fenty/Nickles.

  • GoldCoastKid

    MURIEL!! MURIEL!! MURIEL!! MURIEL!!
    MURIEL!! MURIEL!! MURIEL!! MURIEL!!
    MURIEL!! MURIEL!! MURIEL!! MURIEL!!
    .....for Mayor!!

  • noodlez

    @LORD BITCHSHIT - FIRST OF ALL DONT FORGET FENTY! HE CONTINUES TO BE THE BIGGEST FOOL OF THEM ALL.

    YOU ARE A TYPICAL LIL FUCK BOY ALWAYS ATTEMPTING TO PUT EVERYONE IN THE SAME CRACKER BARREL.
    KEEP BELIEVING YOUR BULLSHIT IT WILL NO DOUBT HELP YOU IN YOUR QUEST.

    FACT OF THE MATTER REMAINS MAYOR GRAY IS STILL MAYOR!
    THIS TRAIN IS STILL ON TIME. WHILE YALL BAMMAS SCRAMBLING ABOUT WITH YOUR FAKE ASS INNUENDO WE STILL MOVING FULL STEAM AHEAD! CHOO-CHOO MUTHA FUCKA.

    ONE CITY.

  • Terry Miller

    I think it is interesting that folks are being charged with "lying" to investigators, not for violating any campaign finance laws. Why is that? Also, if Hawkins pleads guilty to lying, he won't have any credibility when it comes to testimony against Thompson or Gray. I also remember quite clearly that I asked Vincent Orange (at a candidates forum) whether he had accepted any money from Jeff Thompson for the special election in 2011 and he said, NO. I'm thinking that Orange will be the next to go. I think that the U.S. Attorney kicked over a hornets nest! Anybody could be next....

  • Gray is Awkward

    GRAY - all the leaves are falling brother - do us all a favor and step down NIXON!!!!

  • drez

    The light charges signal cooperation with the federal prosecution.
    This is bad news for Thompson and Gray (and I guess Orange and maybe Graham and Kwame) but good news for pretty much everybody else.

  • Gray is Awkward

    @city paper - dang let me speak - you letting everyone else

  • Gray is Awkward

    Noodlez ya days are numbered!!! #DONECITY you and the bamma boys are over ! no where to run when they bring down your weak savior VINNY GIMME MONEY GRAY !!!!!!

    DOWN WITH CRIME! GRAY, BROWN ,THOMAS AND ORANGE DOING MO'TIME!!!!

  • DCShadyBoots

    The city is moving along quite nicely.

    If Gray doesn't decide to run, I won't be supporting Bowser. She is a Fenty acolyte. Though I do think she is brighter than the color-struck, confused, former Mayor.

  • sticktoyourguns

    what FOOL typed Muriel's name all those times...she so dumb she can't even spell it correct all those times. and please don't think she is free and clean from any scandals remember she was Fenty's puppet so just like he stayed from the press....so did her corrupt sh*t cause honey there is plenty

  • sticktoyourguns

    people we don't need to have a black mayor just because...time to move forward with who will be the best mayor

  • qwerty

    It seems inevitable that Gray will be indicted.

  • noodlez

    IT SEEMS INEVITABLE THAT THE WORLD WILL END ONE DAY!
    DOES IT MEAN IT WILL?

    THAT'S A CLOWN COMMENT BRO.

  • DCShadyBoots

    "Neither Thompson nor the mayor has been charged. The filings in the Hawkins case do not mention any specific communications between Gray and Hawkins, and there was no indication in those papers or in court Tuesday that Gray had knowledge of Hawkins’s activities."

    Chile, boo...This long road Damascus is leading nowhere.

  • neo/dino

    LL: Did you check moderation today?
    Oh well, it doesn't matter now.
    Noodlez covered it for me.
    You know: The remark about 'the biggest fool'?

  • Lord Disick

    @Noodlez/ neo - perhaps we have a different version of what constitutes a fool.

    Fenty has a high paying job and a billionaire girlfriend, and is the subject of no federal investigations, despite the protestations of the one city comment crew.

    Vince, on the other hand, works for relative peanuts, remains at the center of a federal investigation that has seen many of his closest associates plead out and pray for, and is forced to blindly support the rest of his failing cronies (Fire Chief).

    So - who's the fool again?

    btw, @dino - begging LL about posts in moderation? c'mon son.

  • Lord Disick

    sorry - pray for less jail time...

  • Lord Disick

    Whassamatter noodlez/ dino? Nothing to say now that you've been crushed?

    Ha ha ha.

  • saywhat14

    Yes Terry Miller anyone could be next, like Jim Graham, Jack Evans, David Catania or Phil Mendelson!

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