Posts Tagged ‘Michael Brown’

Here’s the Letter the FBI Sent to People Caught on the Michael Brown Wiretap

The FBI bribery sting of Michael Brown revealed that the former at-large councilmember was an active and not particularly cautious phone user who would demand his "piece of the piece" in calls and text messages to federal agents. This week, people who interacted with Brown on his phone during the wiretap are hearing that they, too, [...]

Payback Is a Hitch

Phony campaign loans are starting to rival straw donations and shadow campaigns as the Rosetta Stone for understanding corruption in the District. There’s former Councilmember Michael Brown’s $20,000 “gift”— from an unnamed businessman whose description in court papers sounds a lot like federal investigation target Jeffrey Thompson—which Brown reported as a personal loan to his [...]

Barry Fined $13,600 and Censured Over Contractor Gifts

Money that Marion Barry took to possibly cover his expenses has left him with even more bills to pay. The Board of Ethics and Government Accountability censured Barry this afternoon for accepting $6,800 from two contractors and fined him double that amount.
Barry took $4,000 from F&L Construction and $2,800 in gifts from Forney Enterprises, even though [...]

Board of Ethics Investigates Marion Barry’s Gifts

The District's Board of Ethics and Government Accountability is investigating the gift that Marion Barry received from a city contractor, Barry told the D.C. Council last night.
During yesterday's meeting, Barry recused himself from a vote on a contract involving F&L Construction, saying that they both have an issue in front of the ethics board.
The $4,000 gift [...]

Morning Links

Alleged straw donor Stanley Straughter set to plead guilty today. [WAMU]
Michael Brown "respectfully declined" to provide campaign finance disclosures. [Times]
Statehood through stamps, coins, and statues. [WAMU
Charter president resigns over cheating allegation. Post
A gondola for Georgetown? [Post]

D.C. Too Corrupt for One-Time Republican Candidate

Mary Brooks Beatty is out of here. Beatty, the Republican who lost the November 2012 at-large D.C. Council race to Vincent Orange and David Grosso, is leaving the District for an unusual reason: the local government is so corrupt that it's hurting her quality of life.
"I do not trust or respect my local government," Beatty [...]

Power of Attorney

J. Wyndal Gordon has spent the last nine months calling Michael Brown a rat, but on Monday, he felt sorry for him.
Gordon, an outspoken Baltimore attorney who calls himself the "warrior lawyer," represents Hakim Sutton, who served as Brown's campaign treasurer until the former at-large councilmember fired him and accused him of embezzling campaign funds [...]

Morning Links

Kenyan McDuffie, Tommy Wells say the obvious: Michael Brown plea makes the District government look bad. [WAMU]
Ron Machen's still after Jeffrey Thompson. [Examiner]
State Superintendent of Education resigns over husband's health [Examiner]
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton wants mayor to be able to call up National Guard [WAMU]
A guide to D.C. scandals, updated with Brown [WAMU]
Metro ending year [...]

Michael Brown and the Case of the Pigskins Mug

Former At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown's guilty plea yesterday left behind some questions. For most of them, like the question of who Brown is helping the feds investigate, we'll have to wait. But it shouldn't be too hard to find out why investigators used merchandise from local sports teams in their investigation—right?
Brown's first bribe, $15,000 in [...]

Michael Brown’s Plea Deal Points to Another Investigation

Michael Brown wanted "a piece of the piece," and he wanted it badly. Text messages and transcripts introduced in federal court today reveal the former at-large councilmember repeatedly asking to receive portions of what became a $55,000 bribe, in exchange for helping Maryland businessmen obtain fraudulent Certified Business Enterprise status. "It's not cheap to get [...]