Posts Tagged ‘Lorraine Green’

The Two-Year Itch

Last July, U.S. Attorney Ron Machen held a news conference to describe an “expansive,” “sophisticated,” and “well-financed conspiracy” to put Mayor Vince Gray into office.
The remarks came just hours after Jeanne Clarke Harris, a septuagenarian public relations professional, had pleaded guilty for her supporting role in financing what Machen called an illegal “shadow campaign.” [...]

More Lottery-Related CBE Hijinx

The District government apparently cannot award D.C. Lottery-related contracts without some major drama involving the much-maligned Certified Business Enterprise program.
When the city awarded the lucrative lotto contract in December 2009, the inspector general later found that the Department of Small and Local Business Development, which is tasked with administering the CBE program, erred in two [...]

Lorraine Green’s Daughter Vouches for Howard Brooks

In the lead up to sentencing for lying to FBI agents about making payments to Sulaimon Brown, former Gray campaign Howard Brooks has sent a letter asking to be spared jail time. "This is a fall from grace I would not wish on worst enemy," Brooks says of the punishment he's already received from having [...]

See Nothing, Say Nothing

Reporters can be an annoying bunch,and the Wilson Building press corps is no different. LL and his colleagues pester and hector Mayor Vince Gray at every turn for answers about the allegedly vast illegal shadow campaign federal prosecutors say helped him beat Adrian Fenty in the 2010 election, to no avail. Wanna know what Gray [...]

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 [...]

Health Care Finance COO Fired Over Contract Steering Allegations

The chief operating officer of the Department of Health Care Finance was fired today over allegations that she tried to "steer business towards some minority firms and away from others" in the bidding on the forthcoming contract for the District's health insurance exchange, a new insurance marketplace that's the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's healthcare [...]

FBI Seeking Records in Lotto Contract, Attorney Says

The FBI has subpoenaed documents related to the D.C. lottery contract from a former employee who is suing the city because he says he was unfairly fired for protesting the process by which the contract was awarded, according to that employee's lawyer. The FBI's interest in the lotto contract could signal that the ongoing federal [...]

Did Lorraine Green Lie to D.C. Council?

On the eve of Gray campaign aide Howard Brooks' guilty plea last week, LL reported that the statement of offense filed in court would mention an unnamed person who knew about Gray campaign funds paid to fringe candidate Sulaimon Brown. That unnamed person, a source told LL, was Gray campaign chairwoman Lorraine Green.
Sure enough, court [...]

D.C. Chamber Defends Its Defense of Vince Gray

LL's forthcoming column takes a look at how Mayor Vince Gray is putting legal considerations before political ones by keeping quiet on the recent guilty pleas of some of his top campaign aides. Gray's lawyer says he's ordered the mayor to keep quiet, which may make for sound legal advice but is hardly reassuring to [...]

Howard Brooks Pleads Guilty

Gray campaign aide mystery man Howard Brooks is a mystery no more: Brooks appeared in federal court today to plead guilty to a single count of lying to the FBI.
But that's not all he did. Brooks admitted today in court that he was the bagman for the Gray campaign after it decided in the summer [...]

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