Investigators Target City Officials' Campaign Records
3/16/2012, 11:53 a.m.
D.C. City Council Chairman Kwame Brown appears to be the latest among a list of locally-elected officials ordered by federal investigators to hand over their campaign records.
Brown now joins council members Yvette Alexander, Jack Evans and Phil Mendelson whose campaigns have been aligned with well-known campaign donor Jeffrey E. Thompson. As a result, their campaign records have been requested by way of subpoenas sent to their campaign treasurers.
Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign records have also been targeted, but according to a published report, have yet be subpoenaed. However, another report -- which attributed its sources to people directly aligned with Gray's fundraising -- stated that Gray personally showed up at his headquarters one day during the 2010 campaign with as much as $100,000 in contributions from Thompson and his associates.
While council member Vincent Orange has stated that he would encourage a review of $26,000 in money orders his campaign received from Thompson's camp, council member TommyWells has reportedly said he never received contributions from Thompson, and therefore doesn't expect a subpoena. Others members like Marion Barry and Muriel Bowser have yet to deny or confirm if they have been subpoenaed - and none of the officials have been charged with any wrongdoing.