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Brown outpaces Orange in fundraising for final primary stretch

Ann Marimow

In the Democratic contest to lead the D.C. Council, at-large council member Kwame Brown collected more than four times as much money in the last two months as former council member Vincent Orange. Brown raised nearly $257,000, and has $181,000 in the bank for the final month before the Sept. 14 primary.

Orange's fundraising pace slowed considerably from the last reporting period in June, with the former two-term Ward 5 council member raising $58,000. He has $64,300 on hand, according to the Aug. 10 filing.

Brown's haul suggests that his fundraising was not hampered by reports last month of his personal financial troubles.

"I'm thankful that we've been able to build a base of supporters who are excited about moving the city forward by working together," Brown said in a statement Wednesday. "Our positive campaign that focuses on the issues that matter most continues to resonate."

Brown continues to pick up endorsements from most of the major local political organizations, including the Sierra Club, the political action committee of the Hotel Association of Washington and a long list of labor unions. He also has the backing of 11 of his dozen council colleagues.

By Ann E. Marimow  |  August 11, 2010; 11:57 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Kwame Brown  
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I hope Mr. Brown don't put his money where his mouth is, he might go and by a boat. Leadership is near. The post got it right. Vote Orange for Council Chair. Spend your money wisely.

Posted by: money124 | August 11, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm calling the body dead. Vincent orange is done. 8/11/10 @ 4:43 p.m.

Vincent you have other choices, which I'm sure you know.

1) Take Kwame's seat
2) If (big if) Thomas runs for the at large seat and wins you could always seek the Ward 5 seat
3) Go back to lobbying

Posted by: thelildiva4u | August 11, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse


I can't vote for either of these guys. Vincent Orange is a former pimp at PEPCO and he supported the high rate PEPCO wanted to pass on to D.C. consumers last year. I attended a 4A ANC meeting last December with Vincent Orange pimping for PEPCO. Kwame doesn't know how to manage his finances and I can't vote for him either. We are doomed in D.C. with a bunch of losers running for office.

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 11, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Orange loaned HIMSELF 55k and he has 63.4k on hand TOTAL. He's going to pay himself back before this campaign is over. Where does that leave those who donated?

Posted by: leon256 | August 12, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Lol. So it seems that Mr. Orange's campaign is in 50 thousand dollars of DEBT with 60 thousand on hand! I thought he was supposed to be such an excellent fiscal steward? Mr. Money where are you?

The fact is that even Mr. Orange's lobbyist friends don't think his campaign is a good investment.

Posted by: TiredOfPropoganda | August 12, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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