Posts Tagged ‘Wayne Turnage’

Swing Vote Wells Claims He Was “Duped” Over Jeff Thompson Payment

Ward 6 Councilmember and mayoral hopeful Tommy Wells says he thinks he was tricked into voting in favor of increasing reimbursement rates with a company run by alleged Vince Gray shadow campaign backer Jeff Thompson.
"I do feel duped," Wells told LL Wednesday. Wells, who provided the swing vote on the 7-6 Council decision to allocate $32 [...]

Fired Health Care Finance COO Sues City for $5 million

The former chief operating officer of the city's Department of Health Care Finance is suing the city for wrongful termination, saying she was fired, defamed, and humiliated for pointing out problems with a potential contractor with the city's forthcoming $70 million health insurance exchange.
Jennifer Campbell was fired in June over allegations that she tried to steer [...]

It’s Official: City Takes Over Jeff Thompson’s Chartered Health Plan

Jeff Thompson, the alleged financier of a $650,000 "shadow campaign" the feds say helped Mayor Vince Gray get elected, just lost control of his company to the administration he allegedly helped put into office.
The city today took over Chartered Health Plan, which for many years was a cash cow for Thompson, the company's sole owner. [...]

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 [...]

Catania Speculates on Motivation Behind Jeff Thompson’s Campaign Donations

Councilmember David Catania all but accused Mayor Vince Gray and Medicaid contractor Jeffrey Thompson of engaging in a quid pro quo scheme today on The Kojo Nnamdi Show.
Catania has long been sore at the Gray administration for an additional $7.5 million payment to Thompson's company, D.C. Chartered Health Plan, that was pushed through at the [...]

Error in the House (Report)

Yesterday LL noted that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform report on l'affaire Sulaimon had a juicy tidbit where two officials in the Gray administration gave diverging accounts of when Mayor Vince Gray said he first learned that Sulaimon Brown was working for the city. Turns out the House investigators screwed up and [...]

Rep. Issa: Background Checks for D.C. Gov Political Appointees

Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is proposing new legislation that would require political appointees in District government to undergo criminal background checks.
"This bill will help prevent past failures by ensuring that District of Columbia leaders are held accountable for conducting and reviewing the results of [...]

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The Day At The Wilson Building

The King of Campaign Cash
Vince Gray, International Man of Mystery

Good morning sweet readers! It's Thursday, which means that if you find [...]

The Circus, Sulaimon Brown Style

Sulaimon Brown says Mayor Vince Gray got him his job as an auditor for the Department of Health Care Finance—and Councilmember David Catania lost it for him.
Those charges, and many, many others, surfaced today when Brown made a surprise appearance at the Wilson Building, just as Gray was giving a briefing to a testy press [...]

Vince Gray on Sulaimon Brown: “I Really Don’t Know the Details”

There's been some talk of Mayor Vince Gray "ducking the media" today, specifically over the exact job status of former Gray rival Sulaimon Brown. Brown, as LL reported this morning, was escorted out of his office in the District Department of Health Care Finance, where he was recently appointed to a $110,000-a-year job.
When LL wandered [...]