Following DC Political Scandals
Mayor Vincent Gray
2 Gray had to suffer the consequences for allowing appointees to hire their friends and family for highly paid political jobs. Most didn’t last.
Council Chair Kwame Brown
2 DC’s Office of Campaign Finance slammed Brown for funneling $239,000 in 2008 campaign funds to a firm controlled by his brother, whose company can’t account for $170,000. The DC Board of Elections and Ethics has asked Machen to review the case.
Ward 1 Council Member Jim Graham
2 He didn’t accept it, but neither did he report the bribe attempt.
Ward 7 Council Member Yvette Alexander
2 Constituents in her ward, one of the city’s poorest, filed a complaint with DC’s Office of Campaign Finance alleging that Alexander had redirected money from her fund for personal use, for political purposes, and to reward a politically connected developer. A Washington Times review showed she had used less than 5 percent of the more than $120,000 she’d received since 2007 to help constituents.
At-large Council Member Michael A. Brown
2 He introduced legislation to allow online gambling in the District while he was working for a lobbying firm that advises online-gambling firms.
Ward 5 Council Member Harry “Tommy” Thomas Jr.
2 Machen’s investigators are reviewing the case for potential criminal prosecution.
Ward 8 Council Member Marion Barry
2 He drove a silver 2002 Jaguar with expired license plates registered to a BMW that he no longer owns.
3 He didn’t pay federal or local taxes for many years. Both governments are garnishing his wages for back taxes.