Posts Tagged ‘federal investigation’

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 [...]

Feds Asking Questions About VO’s Campaign

Federal authorities this week questioned a former campaign worker for At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange's 2011 campaign about the campaign's ties to Vernon Hawkins and Jeanne Clarke Harris—two central figures in the ongoing federal investigation into Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 campaign.
The former aide says the FBI was interested in what roles Hawkins and Harris, who pleaded [...]

Depends What Your Definition of “Campaign” Is

Another day, another piece of bad news on the front page of the Washington Post for Mayor Vince Gray. Today, the Posties report that Gray's 2010 mayoral campaign kept a database of public housing residents, "which appears to be an unauthorized use of private government information."
The mayor tells the paper he was unaware of any [...]

Pep Rally For Gray Planned For Wednesday

If you're not busy this Wednesday and happen to be at the Wilson Building:
A faith-based pep rally for Mayor Vince Gray is being organized this week by the Rev. Graylan Hagler of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ and the Rev. Willie Wilson, of Union Temple Baptist Church.
Hagler says the goal of the event is [...]

One City, Two Campaigns

The shadow campaign is finally out of the bag.
Ever since nuisance candidate Sulaimon Brown started snitching ’bout shenanigans in the 2010 mayoral primary more than a year ago, reporters, the D.C. Council, and the public have been trying to figure out what really happened in Mayor Vince Gray’s victory over Adrian Fenty.
This week, federal prosecutors [...]

The Thin Blue T-Shirt Line

As part of her guilty plea yesterday to campaign corruption charges, Jeanne Clarke Harris admitted that she helped funnel money to a $635,000 shadow campaign that helped Mayor Vince Gray win the 2010 election. The money was spent on, among other things, buying campaign materials like yard signs, door knockers, and T-shirts. In court records, [...]

Jeff Thompson Associate Jeanne Harris Allegedly Sent $38K to Mayoral Candidate

Jeanne Clark Harris, a longtime associate of embattled campaign financier Jeff Thompson, was charged today by the U.S. Attorney's Office on two counts of conspiracy and one count of fraud in a plan to funnel campaign money through straw donors to both federal and District campaigns. Harris allegedly channeled $38,000 to a candidate in the [...]

Kwame Brown Pleads Guilty


Former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown just pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud, a federal felony.
After a quick court hearing, Brown gave a statement to reporters outside the E. Barrett Prettyman federal courthouse, where he stressed his love for the District, his regret for his wrongdoing, his innocence against allegations of [...]

Kwame Brown Now Faces Campaign Finance Charge

A day after he resigned and was charged with felony bank fraud in federal court, former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown was charged with violating the District's campaign finance laws during his 2008 re-election campaign. In a court filing today in D.C. Superior Court, prosecutors say Brown authorized a relative of his to open a [...]

Fully Unloaded

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown’s remarks at last week’s memorial service for Chuck Brown were unusually edgy for a funeral.
“I am go-go,” Brown said, as his speech moved from praising the go-go Godfather’s influence to confronting his own foes—real and imagined. “To the media: You better get that right,” he said. Then it [...]