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Auditor takes issue with D.C. Council earmarks

A D.C. government audit has found that tens of millions of earmarks doled out by members of the D.C. Council during fiscal 2009 went to groups that owe back taxes, are not licensed to do business in the District or have other problems, according to the Washington Examiner, which got a sneak-peak at a report scheduled to be released publicly Tuesday.

You will recall that the council voted in July not to award any earmarks this year, prompted by a budget shortfall and the revelation that council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) steered taxpayer money to an organization run by his one-time girlfriend.

-- Sandhya Somashekhar

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 21, 2009; 5:31 PM ET
Categories:  City Finances , City Life , D.C. Council , Marion Barry  
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Numbers don't lie, politicians do:

Friends in high places? Earmarks doled out by the city council, by fiscal year: 2005: 2 earmarks, $1.25 million total 2006: 25 earmarks, $17.5 million total 2007: 44 earmarks, $29.3 million total 2008: 99 earmarks, $49.8 million total 2009: 154 earmarks, $47.9 million total

We are on a steady increase in earmarks even during a severe economic recession.

The Mayor ignores laws, the Council ignores laws. I respect politicians in as much as I respect a bleeding hemorrhoid. At least you can treat a hemorrhoid and it eventually goes away, District politicians, on the other hand, are recycled election cycle after election cycle. They are like an incurable virus.

This Mayor has set the example that it is OK for city leaders to circumvent law by shifting money around to semi-public entities to avoid regulatory oversight.

It is the Mayor's own Attorney General that has set up barriers to this same District auditors investigation into contracts doled out by the executive that involve fiscal payment to the Mayor's wife.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | December 22, 2009 7:28 AM | Report abuse

concernedaboutdc: fiscal payments to the Mayor's wife? What's that about? I really don't know and I'd like to learn more.

Posted by: DCResident22 | December 22, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

DCResident22 - I think the Post earlier showed how his wife's firm (of which she is not a named partner) has received work with the City in an area that was not their specialty.

Posted by: oknow1 | December 22, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

If I had confidence in Congress, I would ask them to take the District of Columbia over, but many in Congress are corrupt too.

Posted by: Ward4DC | December 22, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

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