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Write-in supporters ordered to stop using Fenty signs

Christopher Dean Hopkins

The write-in campaign for Mayor Adrian Fenty must stop using the signs left over from Fenry's primary race, city campaign finance authorities have ruled.

A complaint Separate complaints filed by civic watchdog Dorothy Brizill and attorney Brian Lederer, representing the Vincent Gray campaign, alleged that the write-in group, aka "Save DC Now," illegally used signs and other primary campaign materials. The Office of Campaign Finance agreed. In an order published yesterday, it found that the write-in supporters "used campaign literature circulated initially by the Fenty 2010 Principal Campaign Committee in violation of the Campaign Finance Act and failed to place the disclaimer notices ... on campaign literature. The campaign literature was used without the authority of the Fenty 2010 Committee, and the literature was neither donated nor contributed by the Fenty 2010 Committee to the Save DC Now Committee."

The committee has been "ordered to cease and desist from the use of campaign literature" from Fenty's primary campaign. Continued use of the materials, the order said, could result in $500 fines.

The decision was first reported by Washington City Paper.

-- Mike DeBonis

By Mike DeBonis  | November 2, 2010; 11:16 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election, Campaign Finance, Mayor Fenty, Mike DeBonis  
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You mean there isn't any financial support that the write-in folks could tap into from their own "supporters"?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 2, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

On Sunday afternoon, a guy was placing Fenty signs on 16th Street, NW starting at Kennedy Street, NW going up to Military Road, NW. I knew this was illegal and I start to go out there on Sunday night and take the Fenty signs down. I hope after Gray becomes the official mayor of the District of Columbia today, Ellie Anderson, Joshua Lopez, Jourdiana Brown, and other Fenty supporters will accept the fact their canidate lost. Ward 4 D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser will be fired in 2012.

Posted by: Ward4DC | November 2, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, many of those write-in folks were doing so to their own detriment because they currently sit in D.C. Government jobs and played a prominent role in this effort.

Jobs, worth noting, that they did not compete for but were, rather, given through mayoral appointment. They were in a fight for their professional lives. Why? Because there is no way they would qualify for those jobs in a fair competitive environment.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 2, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I think Fenty's involvement in the write in campaign is something everyone suspects but no one has proof (nor really care to investigate).

He said he was not involved in Victor Vendalls campaign but all flunkies associted with him were there. The write in has a great deal of money, and Fenty's organization leadeship.

I think Fenty burned, threw gasoline and then buried any relationship he will have with the future mayor

Posted by: CultureClub | November 2, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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