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Orange Wants to See Campaign Finance Report on Gray Campaign

Vince Gray wasn't exactly making a Nostradamus-like leap when he warned that his mayoral opponents would want to hear more about his 2010 campaign, and now his prediction has come true. In a press release from his D.C. Council office, fellow mayoral Vincent Orange says he'll introduce a Council resolution asking for the release of the long-delayed Office of Campaign Finance report on Gray's earlier mayoral campaign.

Orange's resolution echoes a Monday Washington Post editorial, which called for the release of the report that was finished in May 2012. OCF has refused to release the audit, claiming Ron Machen's U.S. Attorney's Office asked them not to (LL's waiting to hear back from both agencies).

In a letter to Gray, Orange asks him to ask OCF to release the report. "As I am sure you agree, preferential treatment should not be given to some audits over others," Orange writes.

As unlikely as it may seem, Orange insists to LL that running for mayor himself wasn't what motivated him to ask for the report. As the former chairman of the Council's government operations committee, he's just interested in making sure that no District pols get special treatment from OCF.

"When a report is finished, it should be released," Orange says.

Gray campaign manager Chuck Thies declined to comment to LL on the grounds that Orange's request wasn't directed to the campaign. "As such, I am sure his concerns have nothing to do with politics," Thies writes in an email.

Read the letter here:

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Comments

  1. #1

    Don't get me wrong, I think EVERYONE (but Chuck) wants to see the audit of Gray 2010, but really? Vincent "Money Order" Orange demanding to see them? Methinks he better be careful.

  2. #2

    I wonder how the Gray camp will respond to this request. This is something that the city should know about before the Election.

    Kudos to Orange for having the guts to challenge the Mayor!

  3. #3

    @WardOneResident I thought that when they asked Orange for his Money Orders he provided them right away? Also, he got cleared and sent the letter out from OCF that he was cleared.

    Orange = Lawyer, CPA

    Gray = neither

    Although everyone wants to see it, Orange putting it out there that we should see it will put the Gray Administration on their heels.

  4. #4

    Orange, the self-serving Bama from Oaktown, is at it again.

    Who cares, just keep passing out your citrus fruit and playing the court jester!!!

  5. #5

    Orange is asking for what??!!! Is the pot trying to call the kettle black??!!

  6. #6

    NOT ONLY IS HE SORRY ASS LOSER BUT HE IS A LYING SORRY ASS LOSER.

    "As unlikely as it may seem, Orange insists to LL that running for mayor himself wasn't what motivated him to ask for the report." SO HE ANNOUNCED HIS RUN FOR MAYOR ON SUNDAY AND MAKE THIS REQUEST TODAY AFTER I'M SURE HE HAS HAD A MOMENT OF CLARITY THE PAST FEW DAYS. THIS IS SUCH BULL SHIT!

    THE REPORT HAS BEEN OUT FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS AND NOW HE WANTS A COPY? BESIDES THE FACT THAT BRO. MACHEN ASKED OCF NOT TO RELEASE IT (I'M SURE HE KNEW THIS ALREADY)! THIS WILL BE THE TYPE OF GARBAGE ONE WOULD EXPECT FROM A LOSER LIKE VINCENT B. ORANGE.

    YO V.O. U GOT SOME WHITE SHIT ON YOUR FOREHEAD. WHAT IS THAT? IS IT A BIG FAT "L"?

  7. #7

    Orange's campaign manager has a lot of sour grapes to digest because the Gray administration did not propel her wanna-be azz to a high position after she did what she did thinking it would promote that. Evidently she didn't have what it took and now she is highly pissed with hiz honner.

    Mz Campaign Manager betta watch her own azz because she was knee deep in some real nasty dooky during her period at DOES. The issue ridden son ring a bell, Ms. T??? Do we need to go a little deeper.

    Wonder if she and Day-Glo read about the most recent indictment out of the Wilson Building? Seems to me the Mayor is damned if he do and damned if he don't. On the one hand Machen tells him not to release something and on the other a mal-functioning, power-grabbing self-serving scum bag 'CPA/Lawyer' says he should do something else.

    Counsel thyself, Mr. Orange. And BTW: Was that the best you could do for a campaign manager???? Surely you could have found someone much more worthy over there in Ward 5.
    Maybe one of the Mobleys or somebody? But Nah.....they wouldn't touch you with a 10 foot pole.

  8. Any color but Gray
    #8

    @Noodlez You sound like one of those old ass "Back in the day when JYB & RE played" dudes.

    Point blank, your mans Vince Gray is toast and he will not win re-election.

    Anybody that runs against Orange takes the bigger L in LIFE lol.

    They better produce that audit and tell Gray to get his eye hand coordination together for the Soap & String lol.

  9. #9

    Seems like this entire subject will become null and void once we get the confirmation or denial from Machen.

    Has it really taken almost two years for someone to confirm this? Seriously?

  10. #10

    Lots of folks here either attacking orange or trying to deflect his question.
    Anyone have the guts to actually answer it?
    done city.

  11. #11

    Kudos to Mr. Orange for asking that the documents be released. If there is nothing to hide let it out. To Mr. Machen if there is something there that is criminal in nature levy the charges. Quit holding the District Hostage.

  12. #12

    hmmm.... this is quite interesting.

    I read the Washington Post article about this and it states "The campaign may have VIOLATED RULES CONVERTING CASH CONTRIBUTIONS ABOVE THE LEGAL LIMIT TO MONEY ORDERS, IMPROPERLY PAYING POLL WORKINGS AND USING A CITY DATABASE OF PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS FOR GET OUT THE VOTE EFFORTS"

    If the WaPo is accurate in their claims, Gray may be in trouble.

    Say what you want about Orange, but I am sure other candidates wish they could be the one to request the audit instead of Orange.

    This election is going to be one for the ages. I am anxious to see if Campaign Finance will release those documents.

    My neighbors in Ward 2 do not like Evans as much, but are up in the air as to who to vote for. This audit will definitely eliminate some choices...

  13. #13

    On a serious note.

    KEEP MARION BARRY IN YOUR PRAYERS.

    “After we have made our requests known to Him, our language should be, “Thy will be done.” I would a thousand times rather that Gods’ will should be done than my own.”
    -D. L. Moody

  14. #14

    WE DONT NEED A MAYOR WHO WOULD PUBLICLY THROW TANTRUMS ADDING TO THE EMBARRASSMENT ALREADY SUFFERED BY THE CITY THROUGH OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS. HE DOES THIS AS A COUNCILMEMBER AND IT WONT CHANGE. TOO BOORISH FOR ME.

    HOWEVER, ORANGE SPEAKS OF ETHICS AS THOUGH HE IS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF WHAT IS RIGHT! HE IS WRONG FOR THIS CITY PERIOD.

    ORANGE IS THE SAME DISGUSTING PERSON WHO TRIED TO HELP A DISTRICT BUSINESSMAN KEEP OPEN A RODENT-INFESTED ESTABLISHMENT. DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSION AS TO WHY HE DID THAT TO NO SUCCESS OF COURSE. HE KNEW RODENT FECES STOCKPILED THAT ESTABLISHMENT AND DISREGARDED THE HEALTH OF THE DISTRICT RESIDENTS FOR WHATEVER REASON. YOU DO THE MATH!!!

    HERE IS A LINK TO A WEBSITE THAT PUTS HIM ON BLAST. http://www.orangefordcmayor.com/

    I AM CURIOUS THOUGH ABOUT WHERE ORANGE IS GOING WITH THIS PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS ITEM WHEN IT IS A KNOWN FACT JEFF THOMPSON ASSISTED HIM WITH CONTRIBUTIONS AS WELL...AT LEAST THIS IS WHAT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED.

    THEY ALL NEED TO GO..GRAY, ORANGE, BOWSER, CATANIA, GRAHAM, MCDUFFEY (THE LATTER SEEMS LIKE A DELIBERATE INSTALL TO KEEP SOME SEPIA POWER IN THE WILSON BUILDING...HE HAS PROVED TO BE A YES MAN IN SUCH A SHORT TIME.) NOW DARRELL THOMPSON IS ON THE HORIZON FOR WARD 6 COUNCILMEMBER; THIS DUDE CAME OUT OF NOWHERE BUT IS SO-CALLED CREDIBLE BECAUSE HE WORKED FOR HARRY REID AND EARNED A SEEMINGLY 8-WEEK DEGREE FROM HARVARD (WAS IT DONE ONLINE?). IT IS MY SURMISE THAT DARRELL THOMPSON IS A BUDDY OF KWAME BROWN...BOTH ATTENDED MORGAN STATE AND ARE NATIVES OF THE DISTRICT--HELLO PEOPLE. DO YOUR RESEARCH. WITH THE CONSIDERATION OF THOMPSON, ARE WE RE-INVITING THE LIKES OF KWAME BROWN, MICHAEL BROWN, AND ONCE RELEASED FROM PRISON HARRY THOMPSON TO CONTINUE THE ANARCHY? (KEEP IN MIND THAT WARDS 7 AND 8 ARE VERY FORGIVING) AND, THIS DUDE DARRELL IS NOT THAT BRIGHT AS HE IS POSTING SIGNS IN WARDS THAT DON'T GIVE 2 S**** ABOUT HIM AND MUCH MORE CANNOT EVEN VOTE FOR HIM. SAVE YOUR SIGNS FOR WARD 6. ALREADY THOMPSON SEEMINGLY IS WASTING MONEY WITH THE MISPLACEMENT OF HIS SIGNS. IF I WERE IN WARD 6, HE WOULD NOT GARNER MY VOTE.

    SPEAKING OF CAMPAIGN SIGNS, IS NOT VINCENT ORANGE BREAKING THE LAW WITH HIS SEA OF SIGNS ALL OVER THE CITY? THAT PUKE ORANGE COLOR SCARES ME...SOMETIMES BRINGING ON A DIZZYING HEADACHE. HOWEVER, WITH THE NUMEROUS SIGNS (SOMETIMES 4 TO A BLOCK) MAKES ME WONDER ABOUT HIS WAR CHEST.

    THERE ISN'T MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM FOR MAYOR...SO EVANS GETS MY VOTE. WE DEF NEED SOMEONE TO RID US OF KAYA HENDERSON AND OTHERS (KAYA IS NOT A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR OUR CHILDREN TO GET MOVING LIKE MICHELLE O. SUGGESTS). EVANS NEVER SAID HE WOULD DO THIS BUT I AM HOPING HE WILL.

  15. #15

    CREDIT…OR SHAME?

    If you remember, it was Vincent Orange review/audit of Kwame Brown’s Office of Finance’s financial reports that discovered a $243,000.00 unexplained expenditure in Brown’s 2010 unopposed election. The same $243,000 that was reported as being paid to Kwame’s brother for campaign expenses. Both Browns failed to submit supporting expenditure documents or receipts for the whereabouts of the $243,000. The Office of Campaign Finance was not on their job until Orange’s discovery.

    However, Ron Machen did not use the missing $243,000.00 to indict Kwame Brown (similar case of Pres. Candidate John Edwards funneling campaign funds to his mistress and new born child).

    Just my 5 cents.

  16. #16

    DC PUBLIC HOUSING RECORDS , VERY INTERESTING......Doesn't Gray son work for DC Housing Authority? Another Gray on the District payroll not doing a damn thing. but he is making about $85.000 year doing nothing,

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