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Posted at 9:27 AM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Attorney General will guide probes into allegations against Gray

By Nikita Stewart

The District office of the Attorney General announced Tuesday that it will
guide investigations into allegations made by former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown that he received payments from two of Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign aides to keep up political attacks on incumbent mayor Adrian M. Fenty during last year's primary campaign.

Though Gray (D) said Sunday that he was asking Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan to look into Brown's claims, the attorney general's office said that it will guide probes launched by the Office of the Inspector General and the Office of Campaign Finance "in order to avoid duplication of efforts and in an attempt to assure that the matters are investigated promptly and thoroughly," according to a statement released Tuesday.

"We will work to ensure that these investigative agencies have full and prompt access to D.C. government records, as well as to personnel with knowledge of these matters," the statement said. "The OAG will continue to provide impartial advice to our government clients while preserving our mandate of independence as the lawyers representing the interests of the citizens of the District of Columbia."

Tuesday's announcement follows criticism that any investigation of Brown's allegations should have more independence.

The two Gray campaign staffers have denied Brown's allegations. Brown, a 40-year-old auditor, also says that Gray promised him job in the administration in exchange for attacks on Fenty. Gray has said he promised Brown a job interview, but not in return for bashing Fenty.

By Nikita Stewart  | March 8, 2011; 9:27 AM ET
 
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If it were a serious investigation it would be done by an independent investigator with no ties to the administration.

Posted by: voter20 | March 8, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Information from dc.gov:

About the Office of the Inspector General

The OIG is an executive branch agency of the District of Columbia government that conducts audits, inspections, and investigations of government programs and operations. The OIG's mission is to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness, and to detect and deter fraud, waste and mismanagement throughout the government. In carrying out its duties and responsibilities, the OIG refers all evidence of criminal violations that it uncovers to the US Department of Justice.

To ensure the OIG's independence, statutory requirements mandate that the Inspector General be appointed for a six year term, without regard to party affiliation, solely on the basis of integrity and demonstrated ability in accounting, auditing, financial management analysis, public administration, or investigations. The statute provides that the Inspector General can be removed from office only for cause. Also, in keeping with Congressional intent that the OIG operate independently, the OIG submits its budget for Congressional approval with the statutory provision that the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia can make recommendations on the budget, but neither can reduce it. Once approved, the budget is appropriated solely for the operation of the Office and is paid directly to the OIG.

Posted by: Kathy8 | March 8, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

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