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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 08/ 2/2010

Marion Barry cleared of violating D.C. laws

By Washington Post editors

The Office of Campaign Finance has cleared D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) of violating city laws in giving then-girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt a $5,000-a-month contract in 2009.

Cecily E. Collier-Montgomery, director of the campaign finance office, wrote in an order dated Friday that Barry failed to follow the city's regulations for employee conduct, which should have guided him but that he did not violate the city's laws.

"Specifically Councilmember Barry failed to disclose his personal and financial relationship with Donna Watts-Brighthaupt to the Office of the Secretary of the Council, which he was pursuing the approval of the personal services contract for Ms. Brighthaupt. Disclosure of the relationship would have resulted in the transparency of the transaction and removed any cloud from the contract process."

Barry was censured and stripped of his committee in March after Washington lawyer Robert S. Bennett concluded in an independent investigation that Barry had taken a cut of the contract and violated conflict-of-interest rules. The council also voted to refer the matter to the U.S. Attorney's office and the campaign finance office.

--Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post editors  | August 2, 2010; 12:41 PM ET
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Racist Media racistly obfuscate the meaning of Racism in America
(blacks, Latinos, Asians, Indigenous... don't have power to engage in Racism - the First Lady can't even wear her hair Natural - because of white supremacist racism!)
(Racism [in America] serves to maintain advantages European-Americans [who are referred to only as "white" by racist media] - latinos, blacks, asians, etc don't have any Advantage politically or corporately or with regard to teaching true history or with regard to influencing economic or religious culture or values...)
But racist media - newspapers, talkshows, and other "white only - except for indoctrinated [often straightened hair] minorities", will continue to obfuscate what racism is because that serves to maintain advantages for European-Americans aka "whites"....

"What is racism?
Racism is racial prejudice that has been incorporated into the activities and procedures of major institutions, corporations, social systems (such as those related to housing, education, and health), and other arenas of major social activity (such as politics, the media, finance, and banking). Racism serves both to discriminate against ethnic minorities and to maintain advantages and benefits for White Americans."

"...Psychologists have found that we put energy into various mechanisms that help us maintain our view of the world. For example, we can seek out and pay attention to information that supports our views. Evidence suggests that the More strongly we hold a stereotype, the more we tend to remember confirming information about the group. There is a kind of circular process here: For example, the more we believe stereotypes about gay men being effeminate, the more likely we will remember incidents which seem to support these views. We also discount or rationalize information that is contradictory to our beliefs. The Black person who is intelligent and articulate, the gay man who is not effeminate, or the Jewish person who is not pushy become exceptions to the rule, but the rule remains. And we may look more closely for grammatical mistakes in the Black person=s speech than in a White person=s; or that the Jewish person is especially clever in working his or her exploitive influence behind our back..."

"...the new racism describes a more elusive, political, almost abstract language of race which avoids blatantly negative racist statements in favor of political codewords and symbols. This new racism is partly based on a view of racial discrimination as being outdated and puts the onus of achievement and equality on African Americans and other ethnic minority people. If African Americans would, for example, stop clamoring for special treatment and simply work harder, they could achieve the American Dream. The idea is that it is African Americans= own deficiencies B whether they be greed, laziness, violence, and so on that are the cause of their problems, not the history of slavery...Excerpts from what was Written for APA

Posted by: stephendavid2002 | August 2, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to Mr. Bennett for upholding true ethics and principles of professional and political process.

Posted by: prontomac | August 2, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

No need to worry, he'll violate another law shortly.

Posted by: Booyah5000 | August 2, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

He sometimes smoke, but he never choke...

Posted by: mlombre69 | August 2, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

He sometimes thrills, but he never steals...

Posted by: whitaker200 | August 2, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

dems are giving all the thugs a pass...
as for stephendavid2002, you write alot of crap...

Posted by: DwightCollins | August 2, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

dems are giving all the thugs a pass...
as for stephendavid2002, you write alot of crap...

Posted by: DwightCollins | August 2, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Until then, accept this justice as a gift on my daughter's wedding day.

Posted by: blasmaic | August 2, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

LOL catchin barry is like trying to grab a fish with your bare hands!!!!!

he did it again!

Posted by: nall92 | August 2, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Check again. I'm sure he did something while you weren't looking.

Posted by: futbolclif | August 2, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Proving once again that DC is not ready for statehood!! "-)

Posted by: thornegp2626 | August 2, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Well Ibedamm.

Posted by: ost123 | August 2, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Don't hate the player...Hate the game. He plays it as well as the folks on capital hill and plays it very well! Why do they spend so much time, money and energy trying to take this man down? Even when you thought you took him down, he didn't stay down long. You can't keep a good man down. He's done more (positive) for the District of Columbia youth and elderly single handedly than the whole clan of haters could ever do collectively! Stop hatin' and you might learn a little somethin' from him.

Posted by: BROWNGA33 | August 2, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The convicted crack-head continues to be elected to various government posts by the voters in D.C. The denizens of D.C. demand representatives in the Congress.

I know it's not politically correct but one has to question the intelligence of the D.C. voters.

Posted by: spamsux1 | August 2, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I wonder who Marion "paid off" this time??

Posted by: Robbnitafl | August 2, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Yet another arrant, politically-expedient, choco-flavored travesty* of justice.

* travesty n., 1. An exaggerated or grotesque imitation (The American Heritage College Dictionary)

Posted by: mrmusique | August 2, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Councilman Marion Barry. Now investigate Peter Nickles.

Posted by: Weave160 | August 2, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

And the haters just keep on cryin'


Posted by: ceefer66 | August 2, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: poppysue85 | August 2, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

There will soon be at least two now opening for un-convicted crooks in congress. Please send your resume to Nancy Pelosi for consideration. Do you have any experience with Tax Laws?

Posted by: richard36 | August 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I saw one post here where they said that he has done more for the kids and elderly... please tell me what he has done. His ward has the most unemployment, lowest tests scores... highest drop out rate... tell me what he has done and please don't blame who is in charge now because he has been a councilman a while. I am not saying the leaders i nDC and Capitol Hill are any better but the proof is in the pudding. I agree, he is playing the game very well.

Posted by: rvanags | August 2, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Robbin' in the Hood strikes again.

DEFINITION: "Piece of work" see: Marion Berry.

Posted by: mosthind | August 2, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

The Office of Campaign Finance is as corrupt as the politicians it's suppose to monitor.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | August 2, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, it appears that the decision is within the rules and regulations of the agency entrusted with making the decsions regarding dc elected officials/government employees.

To those who are pissed, get over it.

Posted by: dcgovcorruption | August 2, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Although a greased pig is difficult to catch, it is nevertheless still a pig.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | August 2, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference between Marion Barry and a catfish?

One's a bottom-feeding scum sucker, and the other's a fish.

Posted by: realist2 | August 2, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse


All who think there is a difference between Liberals & Conservatives.

You have been brain washed by the Wealthy Elite into believing there are two political parties, when the FACTS are there is only one. It does not matter which party is in power because nothing changes for the regular/common man. As shown and proved on (toyotarunaway org) most Americans are nothing more than a Debt Slave for the Wealthy Elite. You own nothing and never will because the Wealthy Elite has brain washed you. Don't believe me, miss a payment on anything you think you own and the real owner will emerge. Thanks toyota runaway org for opening our eyes to the real America, not the American Dream.

Posted by: Moley2 | August 2, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Let Freedom Ring Mr. Barry!

Posted by: OliverH2 | August 2, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Professional buffoon baboon and kleptocrat emeritus of the world's greatest kleptocracy puts yet another one over on whitey.

Posted by: schickelgruber | August 2, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Mayor for life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hay you got a summer job?

Posted by: kellyhutch7 | August 2, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Mayor for life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hay you got a summer job?

Posted by: kellyhutch7 | August 2, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Mayor for life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hay you got a summer job?

Posted by: kellyhutch7 | August 2, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

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