Posts Tagged ‘Kwame Brown’

Who Got Straw Donor Cash?

As LL noted at the end of this week's column, Jeanne Clarke Harris' admitted campaign corruption extends far beyond Mayor Vince Gray. U.S. Attorney Ron Machen said this week that she's been running a straw donor scheme to circumvent legal limits on campaign giving since 2001. It takes about 30 seconds on the Office of [...]

Michael Brown: SOL?

Yesterday came the news that At-Large D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown had parted ways with his campaign treasurer, Hakim Sutton, whose home was searched by the police. Brown says a bunch of campaign moula was stolen, but won't say who took it or how much.
LL hears that it's no small amount that's disappeared, and indeed, Brown told [...]

Say Cheese

One of the epicenters of local political news this year has been the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Court House, a squat shrine to justice a short drive down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Wilson Building. It was at Prettyman where former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. admitted to stealing city funds and later was sentenced [...]

Gray on Mendo: “You’re Not Going to Find Anybody More Hard-Working”

Mayor Vince Gray has a new D.C. Council chairman to work with, or clash with, as the case may be.
And at an event touting the District's new social media initiative this afternoon, Gray tried his best to get things off to a good start between his administration and new Wilson Building heavyweight Phil Mendelson, who was [...]

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 [...]

Attention on Che

Yesterday, former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown stressed to his colleagues in a private meeting that the wrongdoing that led to his resignation was of a private nature, unrelated to his public life, according to several councilmembers present.
Yeah, maybe not so much. Today Brown was charged with a misdemeanor offense related to his [...]

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 [...]

A Kwame Brown Reader

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown will resign his seat soon, he told colleagues today. Here are some past Washington City Paper stories about Brown:

Aug. 20, 2004: "Brown is the Manchurian Candidate of D.C. politics. The son of veteran pol Marshall Brown, the 33-year-old native Washingtonian seems groomed for this year’s contest. Brown often [...]

“I’m Not Worried One Bit”

Disgraced former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr., in October 23, 2011, Washington Post profile by Tim Craig: "I have good lawyers and people who deal with the legal process, and I am confident through the legal process I will be vindicated ...  My job now is to assure that the citizens of Ward 5 continue [...]