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Reimbursement For Party Came From Kappas

For clarification, Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity directly reimbursed the city for a government grant received by the Washington Historical Society to throw a welcome reception for the fraternity Monday.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), who belongs to the fraternity, was unaware of that city money had been used to put on the $37,000 affair that featured an open bar, lots of food and two jazz bands, according to Attorney General Peter J. Nickles.

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development provided a $37,000 grant to the historical society. The event was held in its building near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The mayor asked Nickles looked into the matter, and Nickles determined that it was an improper expenditure.

Hobson said Wednesday that the fraternity, not the society, was responsible for the reimbursement though the grant had gone to the historical group.

Alexander Padro, co-chair of the society's Board of Trustees, said $24,000 went to catering alone.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 5, 2009; 12:50 PM ET
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That's right, Mafara, clean it up. I'm not buying it. You're boss has a history of thievery and trying to cover it up. This is no different.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 5, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

He knew. He directed it. It got out and now as always damage control. OK Inspector General, here's but one of the scandals we've been waiting for so would you please investigate "Mr." Harriett Walters for theft and fraud?

Posted by: candycane1 | August 5, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

This makes sense now that the genie is out of the bottle. When was the check cut, before or after the story broke?

It follows the Mayor's MO. Remember, when he was sanctioned by the bar for stealing from an old man's estate, he said he didn't know how the money got deposited into his personal account and that it was a mistake. Catch is, he didn't "recognize" the "mistake" until he was reported to the bar.

I imagine it is in the best long term interest for the Kappa's to cover for their mayoral frat brother's incompetence. However, don't you think for a minute that they aren't going to get reimbursement for ever single dime that they paid for this event. It will happen when the microphones and cameras are turned off and it will be paid with local funds hidden among the many earmarks.

Fenty's mantra, steal quietly, deny everything if you get caught and run to papa Nickles for damage cover.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 5, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow. What a spin.

Posted by: southyrndiva | August 5, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Is DC Inspector General Charles J. Willoughby a member of Fenty's fraternity?

Posted by: bullpen2010 | August 5, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

"The mayor asked Nickles looked into the matter, and Nickles determined that it was an improper expenditure."

Da hell, Nikita, WAPO editors please get it together with the grammar!

Posted by: bullpen2010 | August 5, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

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