Author Archive for Alan Suderman

Emails: PAC May Have Paid for Poll at Gray Campaign’s Request

A powerful political action committee may have paid for a $15,000 poll at the request of the scandal-plagued 2010 campaign of Mayor Vince Gray, an action that could have violated rules limiting campaign contributions or coordination between candidates and campaigns.
According to emails obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, among those involved in the back-and-forth [...]

Sources: Michael Brown Says He Got Money From Jeff Thompson

Former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown, who told supporters last night he plans to plead guilty to federal charges stemming from an undercover FBI operation, has provided law enforcement officials with information about the man at the center of the ongoing federal probe into Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 campaign, according to people familiar with the investigations.
Brown [...]

Morning Clicks

Florida congressman compares D.C.'s budget to his kids' allowance. [Fox5]
D.C. a city of tree haves and tree have-nots. [Post]
Vince Gray says he has a plan to clean up Jeff Thompson's $70 million mess. Awkward. [WBJ]

Morning Clicks

D.C. GOP boss loses it, wanted Pat Mara to sign NRA pledge. [Post]
New ethics board wants more power, including ability to recommend expulsion of councilmembers. [Examiner]
Most D.C. voters just don't care. [Examiner]

Plurality Rules

One by one they came to celebrate at the Channel Inn, the Southwest waterfront hotel, restaurant, and bar whose glory days are long gone. Once a favorite hangout of Marion Barry, his mayoral administration’s insiders, and various hangers-on during the ’80s, the quirky joint will soon be torn down to make way for what seems [...]

Morning Clicks

Anita Bonds, winner. [Post]
Elissa Silverman defies and mocks skeptics, sets herself up nicely for another run. [LL, Post]
Pat Mara didn't do so well. [LL]

Anita Bonds Wins D.C. Council Special Election

Councilmember Anita Bonds credited broad support among elected officials, labor groups, and longtime D.C. political activists for helping her win the at-large special election tonight and hold on to the seat that she was appointed to last year.
"It took all of us, every little drop every little piece," Bonds told supporters tonight at the Channel Inn [...]

Morning Clicks

Today is the day, go vote. Polls open at 7 a.m., close at 8 p.m. [Post]
Cathy Lanier sounds paranoid about sensitive documents being left at abandoned police station, says someone is trying to set her up. [Fox5]
Post says to vote for Pat Mara, in case you missed their three other endorsements this election cycle. [Post]

Morning Clicks

Elissa Silverman tries to get Matthew Frumin to drop out of race, unseat Mary Cheh. [Post]
Total bill of Jeff Thompson's mismanaged Medicaid MCO now potentially $85 million. [Post]
Tax office garnishes $2.5 million from unpaid tickets. [Examiner]

Morning Clicks

Must watch video: Reporter finds sensitive documents at abandoned police building. Cathy Lanier suggests it might have been staged. [Fox5]
At-large race in the home stretch with no clear winner. [Post]
Post endorses Pat Mara for the third time this election cycle. [Post]