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Campaign finance officials investigate Brown's fundraising reports

Ann Marimow

The District's campaign finance watchdogs initiated a formal investigation Thursday into the fundraising reports of D.C. Council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large). The review comes in response to a complaint filed by former council member Vincent Orange, Brown's rival in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary contest to succeed council Chairman Vincent C. Gray.

Last week, Orange staged a news conference outside the Office of Campaign Finance to highlight what he said were inaccuracies and irregularities in Brown's reporting for two previous elections. Campaign finance officials initially sought information from Brown about why he was making payments from a 2008 account this spring, and why a separate account from his 2004 campaign owed money to the Internal Revenue Service.

In responding to campaign finance officials last week, Brown's campaign acknowledged errors in its reporting. But in a letter to Brown on Thursday, the director of the office said, "in view of the gravity of the allegations and additional issues that have arisen from our preliminary review, OCF has determined that a full investigation into this matter is warranted."

Brown's campaign said it would cooperate with the investigation.

"This is a routine response to a request for an investigation," said Brown's spokesman, James Jones. "We have provided the office of campaign finance with all the information they requested and will work with the office to fully resolve any questions they may have."

By Ann Marimow  |  September 9, 2010; 3:04 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council  
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Glad I did not vote for that guy, all these debt problems he is facing is not good at all. I wouldnt even want someone to represent me or DC with that type of financial instability. His first term in office was in 2004, so he started off taking money. Your accountant cant possibly make the same mistake two terms in a row. Thats beyond crazy. Was he even a Ward councilmember? I cannot recall anything positive he has done for his own ward 7, but yet he wants to represent the city? WOW! Plus he has two more years on his at-large term? How does he fit the ticket to be the best candidate, and you dont even have the passion to stay in the first position you were elected for? Sounds like something fishy is going on. I can understand the personal debt, but now you have personal & campaign debt? Your just not the best for my vote or buck Kwame Brown. And how are you displaying good judgement by even running for a higher position in the city when you have two years left as At-Large plus all this debt. Seems like Vince Gray & Kwame Brown planned this one........

Posted by: hobartstars12 | September 10, 2010 5:52 AM | Report abuse

Anyone the WAPO editorial board endorses can't be trusted and Vincent Orange was endorsed by the WAPO editorial board.

Posted by: GoldCoast | September 10, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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