Oh 2012, what turmoil you brought to D.C. politics. Two councilmembers who started the year as elected officials are either in federal prison or under house arrest wearing an electronic monitoring device. Vince Gray appears to have weathered a summer storm that saw the U.S. Attorney’s Office allege that the mayor benefited from an illegal [...]
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U.S. Attorney Ron Machen announced today that he anticipates filing no further criminal charges related to former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown's 2008 campaign. But Machen also implied that there was some hinky stuff going on in the campaign and urged the Board of Elections to continue its own investigation. Machen's announcement came [...]
WUSA's Bruce Johnson kicked his credibility in the nuts today by reporting that Mayor Vince Gray had decided he's not going to run for re-election. The sourcing: one anonymous adviser to the mayor. WUSA9 also reported that Gray had picked already picked an unnamed candidate he'd support in the 2014 race.
A big mayor Gray campaign [...]
For a man at the center of a wide-ranging federal investigation into a vast shadow campaign prosecutors say helped Mayor Vince Gray win the 2010 election, Jeff Thompson sure doesn't look too worried.
At least he didn't two weeks ago, when he sat for a lengthy deposition as part of an ongoing legal battle over a [...]
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 [...]
Let no one accuse the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. of slacking. In the last seven months, the feds have turned District politics into one of the most entertaining real-life soap operas around.
There’s Harry Thomas Jr., who resigned in disgrace and pleaded guilty to stealing more than $350,000 to buy an Audi and a motorcycle. [...]
As LL just noted, there are several D.C. councilmembers who received campaign donations from Jeanne Clarke Harris, who admitted Tuesday to running a straw donor scheme funded by Medicaid contractor Jeff Thompson.
It's difficult, for now, to calculate how much straw money Harris may have given to local pols besides Mayor Vince Gray, whose 2010 mayoral [...]
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 [...]
D.C. voters: You got punked.
The contest between Adrian Fenty and Vince Gray was a sham, with Gray getting an unfair and illegal assist from one of the city's biggest contractors. Or at least, so says the chief federal prosecutor for the District.
"In 2010, the mayoral campaign was compromised by backroom deals, secret payments and a [...]
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 [...]