A Post editorial argues that the Prince George's County Democratic Party has hurt the county's reputation by choosing County Council Chairman David Harrington (D-Cheverly) to fill a vacant seat in the state Senate. An investigation by the Post's Cheryl W. Thompson reported in 2006 that Harrington had charged more than $27,000 to his county-issued credit card, including airline tickets for his son, gym memberships for himself and staff workers, a shirt and a haircut. Harrington said he repaid the charges but the county could not provide documentation. Federal and state investigations are looking into the matter.
Thompson and Ovetta Wiggins reported in 2006 that since County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) took office, 15 of his friends and political supporters had been awarded 51 county contracts totaling nearly $3.3 million. And Thompson, Mary Pat Flaherty and Rosalind S. Helderman reported last year that hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money designated for community projects in the county have gone to organizations directly connected to the people doling out the money or with ties to Johnson.
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