Despite Tax Trouble, Marion Barry Bids High
D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) hasn't been able to pay his taxes on time, but that didn't stop him over the weekend from shelling out $800 for a new opera jacket for his girlfriend at an auction.
According to a tipster, Barry was at the George Washington University Cancer Gala at the Ritz Carlton Saturday when he won the jacket.
In an interview today, Barry said he bought the coat for his girlfriend "out of my own personal money." He then said he beat out CNN host Wolf Blitzer during the bidding.
"I started out bidding $700, then he bid $750," Barry said. "He couldn't get it at $750, so I bid higher."
Barry bought the jacket, which he says his girlfriend "likes very much," two weeks after federal prosecutors backed off a request that Barry be sent to jail for violating his probation on tax offenses. Instead, they are recommending that Barry be put on home confinement for 30 days and his probation should be extended for two years.
Barry was sentenced in 2006 to three years of probation for not submitting federal and D.C. tax returns. He admitted that he had not paid the bulk of the taxes on $500,000 he made from 1999 through 2004.
Barry did not file his 2007 returns until after prosecutors filed court papers in February seeking to have his probation revoked. Barry owes the federal government about $275,000 in back taxes, interest and penalties. The IRS has been taking $1,350 every two weeks from his salary since late 2006. He also had been paying the D.C. government $350 a month to pay back an undisclosed amount in taxes, interest and penalties. He did not make those payments during a recent six-month stretch, prosecutors say.
Barry said today his legal troubles shouldn't be a factor in what clothing he buys for his girlfriend.
"I don't worry about that," Barry said. "That's taken care of. My '07 taxes are paid. My '08 taxes are paid. I have a court issue, but I don't have a tax issue."
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