Posts Tagged ‘Ron Machen’

Attorney General Not Swayed by Confidential Jeff Thompson Evidence

What does U.S. Attorney Ron Machen know that District attorney general Irv Nathan doesn't? That's the question that motivated one part of the January agreement between the two to share Office of the Attorney General-held documents about a city settlement with shadow campaign mastermind Jeff Thompson's company. The evidence that Machen offered to share with four OAG officials [...]

In January Letter, D.C. Attorney General Accuses U.S. Attorney of Investigation Chicanery

Two of the District's top lawmen are at odds again. In January, District attorney general Irv Nathan and U.S. Attorney Ron Machen settled their dispute over whether Machen could review documents related to a city settlement with Vince Gray shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson's company.
A day after their agreement was signed, though, an FBI agent took an action that led Nathan to accusing Machen of going [...]

Feds Want 43 Months for High-Living Michael Brown

Michael Brown had problems. He owed $1.46 million on his mortgage, an amount that had ballooned by nearly half its original size thanks to late fees. Brown had to make countless other payments to keep up his image as a successful at-large councilmember—a golf course membership, hotel stays, fancy shopping trips, even mortgage payments for other [...]

Politically Connected Chinatown Restaurateur, Son Admit to Poorly Planned Scheme

Since opening his first Chinatown restaurant in 1986, Tony Cheng has proved himself a savvy navigator of the District's political waters. Cheng's prominence saw him involved in attempts to end a protest over a Ward 8 carryout; and he tried to find an post-mayoralty job for Marion Barry in the 1990s. So how, in the fall of 2010, [...]

Morning Links

Mayoral candidates face weather, low turnout ahead of primary. [Post, Times]
School lottery information expected to be released today. [Post]
The Vince Gray motorcade hits the streets on a rainy weekend. [LL]
Gray campaign spends $5,000 on crafty Express ad buy. [Post]
Deep-pocketed donors flock to Muriel Bowser. [Post]
Gray-backed "Muriel Not Ready" campaign releases a new video. [LL]
Gray tops the latest Mayoral Power Rankings. [LL]
Voters [...]

Gray Donor Files Ethics Complaint Against Ron Machen

U.S. Attorney Ron Machen has been investigating Vince Gray's 2010 campaign for three years, but one District lawyer thinks Machen should be the subject of an investigation of his own. In a letter to the D.C Bar's Board of Professional Responsibility today, attorney and Gray supporter Brian Lederer calls for the bar to consider sanctions against Machen.
Lederer says Machen [...]

Gray Friend Thomas Gore Released From Federal Custody

The federal investigation into Vince Gray's 2010 campaign has gone on so long that the only person sent to prison for it so far is already out. Just in time for election day!
Gray 2010 operative Thomas Gore was released from a D.C. area halfway house Friday, according to the Bureau of Prisons' website. A federal judge sentenced Gore in [...]

Marion Barry Endorses Vince Gray In Ward 8

Pulling on a Vince Gray campaign shirt this afternoon, mayor-for-life/Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry declared that even U.S. Attorney Ron Machen can't stop Gray's re-election bid.
"He's in it to win it, regardless of what the U.S. Attorney does," Barry said.
Barry, who endorsed Gray in the basement of Matthews Memorial Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, added [...]

Lanny Davis: Leave Vince Gray Alone

Vince Gray has spent the days following Jeff Thompson's guilty plea doing reputation damage control. Now he's getting some help from an unlikely source: crisis manager Lanny Davis.
Since working as Bill Clinton's special counsel in the 1990s, Davis has lent his talents to such luminaries as Penn State University amid the Jerry Sandusky scandal and various African dictators. (He also helped Pigskins owner Dan Snyder in [...]

Now That Jeff Thompson Is Down, Who’s Next?

The mastermind behind five years of illicit District campaigning headed to the federal courthouse Monday to show his work.
And what a job he’d done—Jeff Thompson detailed how he spent more than two million dollars on off-the-books campaigns and disguised campaign contributions to politicians across the country in attempts to secure lucrative contracts for his companies. [...]