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Some Ward 8 Dems want FBI to oversee mayoral election

Washington Post Editors

Some Democrats in Ward 8 are trying to get the FBI to oversee the D.C. mayoral election because they fear Adrian M. Fenty (D) and his ally, Ron Moten, will pay people to vote in the September primary.

Sandra Seegars said the concern stems from last month's Ward 8 Democratic Committee straw poll. After Fenty prevailed over D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray in the poll, community activist and blogger Dorothy Brizill reported that Moten paid several young adults to vote in the straw poll for Fenty.

Moten, the co-founder of Peaceoholics, strongly denies the allegation. But Seegars has complained to former U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips, who is now a deputy associate attorney general, about Moten's alleged role in the campaign.

Last week, according to Seegars, she got a call from an FBI agent who questioned her for 45 minutes about the upcoming election and the vote-buying allegations.

"He was asking me why would anybody pay a person to vote in a straw poll," Seegars said.

Seegars identified the agent as Eric Hathaway. Reached by telephone today, Hathaway referred the call to the FBI's public affairs office. Lindsay Godwin, an FBI public affairs specialist, said she could neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation.

But Godwin noted the agency routinely follows up on complaints from the public.

"We get so many complaints and we follow up on all of them," Godwin said. "It would not be abnormal for us to go out and talk to people...It's how we do our jobs."

At the straw poll, previously registered voters selected D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray over Fenty by a margin of 59 to 49. But about two dozen people, some at the urging of Moten, registered and voted on the same day as the event. When those votes were tallied, Fenty beat Gray by a margin of 69 to 61.

Seegars said she knows of three witnesses who overheard the new registrants boasting they were paid up to $100 each to vote for Fenty.

Moten counters that Seegars is engaged in "old school politics."

"Nobody paid nobody to vote in no straw poll," Moten said. "Why would I have a problem getting young people, who know the mayor has helped them over the years, to vote when I don't have a problem getting thousands of them to come out to marches and rallies?"

Jacque Patterson, president of the Ward 8 Democrats, also said he doesn't believe any voters were paid.

"Someone called and said people had been paid, but as far as I know, I don't think that happened," Patterson said.

The Ward 8 Democratic Committee executive committee, however, decided three weeks ago to toss out the ballots of the same-day registrants, handing Gray a victory.

But Seegars, an ANC commissioner and longtime activist, said she told Hathaway and Phillips she fears Moten and Fenty will pay others to vote on Election Day.

"We are trying to get someone to oversee the election," Seegars said. "We need a fair election. With $3 to $4 million in (Fenty's) war chest, he can pay a lot of people to vote."

Seegars has been in an increasingly nasty feud with Peaceoholics. Peaceoholics recently filed a libel suit against Seegars alleging she distributed "false, defamatory and disparaging messages" about the organization while opposing its plan for a new group home at 1300 Congress St. SE. Moten resigned as the organization's chief operating officer last fall, but he sits on its board of directors.

--Tim Craig

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 23, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  
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Moten ought not be flirting with illegal behavior. He has been in the big house once and statistically speaking, he is long overdue for his second round.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 23, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh my, Ron you have met your match in Sandra, a junk yard dog like yourself on opposite sides of the fence, who goes for your throat. Indeed, you do reap what you sew Ron. Watch out now, jail for you is only a fence away Ron.

Posted by: bill121 | June 23, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I also agree that the FBI should oversee this mayor election.

Posted by: samvped205 | June 23, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged

Talk about the Fox guarding the chicken coop.
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Posted by: mabumford | June 23, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"Nobody paid nobody to vote in no straw poll," Moten said


look here ronald moten if you want to portray us black folk in a positive light at least learn how to speak basic english. damn!

Posted by: nivla | June 23, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: mabumford | June 23, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

When did Sandra Seegars become "some Ward 8 Democrats?" This blog's reckless use of plural nouns with vague modifiers transforms a one-of-a-kind activist/gun proponent/ANC into two or more of a kind.

For the sake of words' meanings, please correct the headline or cite another Ward 8 Democrat.

Posted by: hungrypug | June 23, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Thugificant has violated YET ANOTHER LAW! While the Washpo made a story about "Slap This Brat....Mr.Fenty" they have yet to follow-up on why thugificant's site is breaking the SAME F'n law!

Went to his political site (wont list his site b/c he doesn't deserve the hits)and it does not include any information about who paid for it. Isn't this a possible violation of city campaign finance rules requiring disclosure of electioneering activities?

Isn't this same reason you guys ran the "slap the brat" story. let's be fair to everyone!

As a District of Columbia citizen I want to know who has contributed to the funding of this site.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | June 23, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Jacque Patterson, president of the Ward 8 Democrats, also said he doesn't believe any voters were paid.

Jacque are you stuck on STUPID. You know Ron Moten will pay his groupies to help Fenty.

Ron needs a new contract.

Finally, please don't make fun of Ron's lack of English skills, remember he is a "role-model" for DCs youth and has an image to protect. He cannot speak like a "white man" and stay true to the community he serves.

What a joke!!!!

Posted by: fmurray200111 | June 23, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

"Nobody paid nobody to vote in no straw poll," Moten said.
Looks like Moten could use some English grammar lessons.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | June 23, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

A straw poll is a popularity contest that results in valuable media attention and momentum for the winners (top vote getter and expectations beater). So campaigns might pay people to vote their way in the straw poll.

Since a straw poll isn't a general election or even a party nominating primary, I'm not sure what laws would be violated. One thing is clear though -- with very low turnout, a straw poll win could be bought that way. Mostly though, people wanting to win straw polls will throw lavish parties for their supporters before and during the polling.

Paying people to vote your way in a primary or general election isn't feasible because turnout is so huge. It's easier to pay a few election officials to fabricate the results.

Posted by: blasmaic | June 23, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

That Fenty would pay for votes isn't such a stretch. He operated with impunity as a first term council representative, manipulating ANC elections in Ward 4. In one such case, a challenge to a special election was upheld by BOEE's legal counsel until the 11th hour when Fenty sent his chief of staff down to the hearing. The BOEE announced a 15 minute recess that lasted for over 2 hours, after which they returned and reversed the legal counsel's decision.

His unwanted and unsolicited campaign lawn signs are being foisted onto people. I suggest that people spray paint an "X" onto any UNWANTED signs that keep appearing on the lawns of their private property, regardless of whose campaign the sign promotes. A meritorious candidate does not need to force a voter to choose.

Posted by: logosdesigns | June 23, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I was at ward 3, when Gray had people with their clipboard sittng in the audience, handing in prewritten questions.
Complaints were handed in by ward 3 residents.

Posted by: pdv1 | June 23, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Really pdv1! Were the people in ward 3 paid or prepared?

Posted by: mamaspearl | June 23, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

@PDV1...there is a HUGE difference between being PAID to vote a certain way and being PREPARED to question a candidate at a FORUM...are you kidding me with this crap...I was at the Ward 3 Straw Poll as well and saw how ANGRY some of the residents (Fenty supporters) got when they realized that their "neighbors" were Gray supporters and well prepared for this event and out in mass.

Peddle that falsehood somewhere else.

Posted by: lacairaine | June 23, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Nothing surprises me with King Fenty and his former convicted felon friend Ron Moten. Trash!!!

Posted by: Ward4DC | June 24, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Wow! I have heard a lot of crap from Gray. Like Gray insinuating that Fenty had his house broken into. But, this is just silly. How desperate are you guys to sell newspapers?

A person gets an article in the washington post by trying to involve the FBI in figuring out whether someone bribed someone to vote in a mock poll. Mock polls don't count!!! Why in the world would they do that?

But hey, the reckless allegation is out there. That is all that is important to Mortician Gray.

I know the FBI has more important things to do than to work for Vincent Gray's PR wing.

Really, his campaign throws out more insane accusations than the law should allow. They are running up there with the "Birthers" movement.

Next week, they are going to claim Fenty isn't really a US citizen. And, that he is tied to the Taliban.

Posted by: politicalrealist | June 24, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

We as a people of WARD8 have been betrayed too many times.Fact:Fenty was know where to be found when GO-GO was born? So how can he relate us in WARD 8?
Once again Ward8 people is being "PIMPED" again, and Fenty is using Moten,and the GO-GO bands to do it.How much you think they're getting paid for this? The Little Benny move? was strictly political..WAKE UP WARD 8,remember: "BLACK ANGELS PICKED THE WHITE FIELDS OF COTTON"

Posted by: UptownHarlemBrown | June 26, 2010 4:01 AM | Report abuse

WAKE UP WARD 8, we have been betrayed too many times. FACT: Fenty was no where to found when GO-GO was born.So how can he relate to the people in Ward 8.He has not related to us at all.Fenty's attempt to PIMP Ward 8 tenants is an insult, and he using Moten and the GO-GO bands to do it.
The Little Benny move, was strictly political!Don't be fooled again! BLACK ANGELS PICKED THE WHITE FIELDS OF COTTON.

Posted by: UptownHarlemBrown | June 26, 2010 4:09 AM | Report abuse

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