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Posted at 7:58 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Brooks hires attorney Glenn Ivey

By Mike DeBonis

A campaign consultant to Mayor Vincent C. Gray accused of involvement in a deal alleged by former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown has hired former Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey to represent him.

Howard L. Brooks today hired Ivey, now a partner at D.C.'s Venable law firm. Ivey left the State's Attorney's Office in January after eight years in the elected post.

Ivey said he did not know Brooks, a Silver Spring resident, before Brooks retained him Thursday through a referral.

Brown told The Washington Post that Brooks, with Gray campaign chairwoman Lorraine A. Green, was involved in an arrangement struck over the summer to reward attacks on incumbent Adrian M. Fenty with a city job.

Brown was hired earlier this year as a special assistant in the Department of Health Care Finance; he was dismissed after his hiring was publicized. Brown also alleged that Brooks gave him several cash payments during the campaign, though the Post could not independently verify those payments.

The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance said Monday that it is investigating Brown's claims, while Inspector General Charles Willoughby has declined to probe the claims, because Brown had interviewed for a job in his office.

Brooks, Green and Mayor Gray deny the allegations.

A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen said Wednesday that his office is working to "assess" the matter. Ivey worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the District in the early 1990s.

Ivey's hiring comes a day after Gray retained as his personal counsel Hogan & Hartson partner Robert S. Bennett, famous for his representation of President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky affair.

By Mike DeBonis  | March 10, 2011; 7:58 PM ET
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