D.C. campaign finance office probing Sulaimon Brown allegations
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.
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| March 7, 2011; 2:10 PM ET
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