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Posted at 2:10 PM ET, 03/ 7/2011

D.C. campaign finance office probing Sulaimon Brown allegations

By Washington Post editors

The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance has initiated a probe of allegations aired by mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown.

As The Washington Post reported Sunday, Brown alleges that he made a deal with members of Mayor Vincent C. Gray's campaign team to trade a city job for political attacks on incumbent Adrian M. Fenty ahead of last September's primary.

"The matter is definitely under review," said Wesley Williams, a spokesman for the office. "We are reviewing the article as well as the reports, and we'll go from there in terms of determining a full investigation."

Brown also told the Post that representatives of the Gray campaign -- chairwoman Lorraine Green and consultant Howard Brooks -- gave him cash payments in the "thousands"of dollars last summer. Some of that money, he said, was deposited in his campaign account and reported to OCF under false names. One person appearing on Brown's report, when contacted by the Post, said she had not donated to the campaign.

"All divisions are looking into the allegations," Williams said.

The Office of Campaign Finance is charged with enforcing the District's local campaign regulations, including rules that require full disclosure of campaign disbursements and prohibit false reports.

Also Gray announced on Sunday that he has asked Acting Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan to investigate the claims, and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown said Sunday night that he has asked Inspector General Charles Willoughby to look into the matter.

Some have also suggested that U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen also initiate a probe.

"The U.S. Attorney's Office takes any allegations of corruption very seriously. The office typically does not confirm or deny the existence of investigations. At this time, the office has no comment on the allegations in this matter," said Bill Miller, a spokesman for Machen's office.

Staff writer Keith Alexander contributed to this report.

By Washington Post editors  | March 7, 2011; 2:10 PM ET
 
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The DC government is not capable of conducting any investigation into possible criminal allegations by elected officials in the District of Columbia government. The Office of Campaign Finance will cite S. Brown for filing false campaign contribution reports and fine him.

However, they are not capable of conducting a fact finding investigation with impartiality. Where is the kwame brown report on his illegaL campaign activities brought to the attention of this office and voters over seven moths ago.

The US Attorney for the District of Columbia, General Accounting Office or
the US Congress should investigate the possible illegal conduct by local elected officials in the District of Columbia government.

Posted by: dcgovcorruption1 | March 7, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

i WOULD LOVE FOR MR BROWN TO SHOW MORE PROOF

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | March 7, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

A movie was released a few years ago entitled "Snakes on a Plane". This administration could release a video called "Snakes in DC Government". It may sell better than Samuel L. Jackson's since it's based on reality.

Posted by: skinfreak | March 7, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

And when Mr. Brown's accusations peter out to be the rantings of a lunatic, disgruntled, former employee, will the Post put that in the headlines too? If he thought what he was doing was illegal, why didn't he call the police or wear a wire when he allegedly accepted cash payments from the Gray campaign? Or was he a willing accomplice as long as he thought he would get a job? Or, more likely--it never happened!

Posted by: PepperDr | March 7, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

What nice company gray keeps. Sheesh.

Posted by: FiatBooks | March 7, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse


And when Mr. Brown's accusations peter out to be the rantings of a lunatic, disgruntled, former employee, will the Post put that in the headlines too? If he thought what he was doing was illegal, why didn't he call the police or wear a wire when he allegedly accepted cash payments from the Gray campaign? Or was he a willing accomplice as long as he thought he would get a job? Or, more likely--it never happened!

Posted by: PepperDr
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Then why did Brown get a $110k job with minimal experience and not listing any dates on his resume?

Posted by: kenk33 | March 7, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse

OK..... everyone who wants to make DC a state..... raise your hands..... come on..... I know you're out there..... get them up high..... let's see them you little rattlesnakes..... don't go hiding on me..... this place is an example for every government in the country to follow..... wait..... they already are and that's maybe the problem..... everywhere is corrupt..... but forget that..... get those hands up..... we need to see how many people out there want to ratify a place that is a national disgrace into the 51st state..... come on you little devils..... get those hands up..... OK..... forget that one for a moment..... let's do the next one..... how many people want to see Marion Barry run for President?

Posted by: trainsguy | March 8, 2011 3:37 AM | Report abuse

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