Things just keep getting worse for former D.C. Councilmember Michael A. Brown.
The former councilmember, who lost reelection for his at-large seat in November and dropped out of a special at-large election in April, reportedly failed to file his 2012 financial disclosure statement. The course of events is very strange, but perhaps nothing out of the ordinary for the dysfunctional D.C. Council.
The D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability is pursuing a violation notice against Brown after he “respectfully declined” to file his 2012 financial disclosure statement this year, according to minutes from the board’s June 6 meeting.
“Initially, Mr. Brown requested an extension of several months, but this Office informed him that we would require an explanation before granting such a lengthy extension,” the meeting minutes state. “We later received a letter from his attorney on June 4, 2013, declining to file with no explanation.”
Brown has also yet to disclose financial information concerning expenditures and donations made to his special election campaign. According to the Washington Times, he dropped out of the race due to a plea agreement in corruption case that was only recently made public.
Having failed to submit campaign finance forms and requested an extension to file a day late, Brown now faces a July 2 hearing before the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance’s general counsel, which could result in a number of penalties, including up to a $5,000 fine for each offense.
A quick rundown of the issues Brown has run into over the last year and a half give you an idea of how charges and allegations have added up for the son of former Democratic National Committee Chairman Ron Brown.
Brown pleaded guilty in June to bribery for taking $55,000 in cash payments from undercover FBI agents who were posing as businessmen seeking preferential treatment from the city government. During his 2012 reelection campaign, Brown announced that $114,000 had been taken from his campaign finances by his treasurer, Hakim Sutton, who argued that it was Brown who had told him to do so. Brown fired his treasurer and the city launched an investigation, but no charges were filed against either Brown or Sutton.
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D.C. Council Chairman
<strong>Phil Mendelson</strong> (D), seen here during his 2010 re-election campaign to an At-Large seat on the D.C. Council, assumed the chairmanship of the council following the resignation of Kwame Brown in June. Mendelson, a former council staffer, is the odds-on favorite to win the permanent chairmanship in the Nov. 6 special election vote. He faces fellow Democrat <strong>Calvin Gurley</strong> in the special election.
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D.C. Council, At-Large
<strong>Vincent Orange</strong> (D), who once held the D.C. Council’s Ward 5 seat and <a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-wire/post/vincent-orange-beats-biddle-in-dc-council-race/2012/04/13/gIQAbiApFT_blog.html”>won a special election to an At-Large seat in April</a>, is forecasted to secure one of the two At-Large seats up for a vote this time around. Because at least two of the D.C. Council’s At-Large seats must be from the non-majority party, the other At-Large seat before voters will go to a non-Democrat.
There are no other Democrats in the At-Large race this time around.
Orange has run for mayor, councilmember and council chairman at different points in his political career, so his name has been plastered around town on campaign signs for multiple election cycles over the years.
<em>Photo by Flickr user <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/perspective/132042023/sizes/l/”>Elvert Barnes</a></em>
D.C. Council, At-Large
Independent Councilmember <strong>Michael Brown</strong>, who holds one of the two non-majority party At-Large seats, should have had an easy re-election race this year. Instead, the son of the Clinton administration Commerce Secretary and Democratic National Committee Chairman Ron Brown, <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/17/michael-brown-driving-record_n_1889839.html”>has seen his name dragged</a> through the dirt in recent months and <a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/michael-brown-substantial-amount-missing-from-campaign-account/2012/06/29/gJQACXnqBW_story.html”>his campaign coffers largely drained</a> after he reported that his campaign treasurer had made improper withdrawals. <a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-little-loose-with-money/2012/09/15/c5a08bba-fd1d-11e1-8adc-499661afe377_story.html”>Personal finance troubles</a> and his support of Internet gambling in the District of Columbia have dogged Brown, too.
Although Brown continues to hold an edge over Independent challenger <strong>David Grosso</strong>, the relatively unknown upstart candidate <a href=”http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/looselips/2012/10/19/poll-david-grosso-within-striking-distance-of-michael-brown/”>is within striking range to upset Brown’s re-election</a>, according to a Washington City Paper-Kojo Nnamdi Show poll.
Also running are Republican <strong>Mary Brooks Beatty</strong>, Independents <strong>Leon Swain Jr.</strong> and <strong>A.J. Cooper</strong> and <strong>Ann Wilcox</strong> of the Statehood Green party.
D.C. Council, Ward 2
The D.C. Council’s longest-serving member, <strong>Jack Evans</strong>, is up for re-election. The Ward 2 Democrat, who represents Georgetown, Dupont Circle and much of downtown, is unopposed.
D.C. Council, Ward 4
D.C. Councilmember <strong>Muriel Bowser</strong> (D), who is said to have future mayoral aspirations, should have no trouble winning re-election to her Ward 4 since she’s unopposed.
D.C. Council, Ward 7
Of the interesting ward races for the D.C. Council, Ward 7 has proven to be the most feisty. Incumbent <strong>Yvette Alexander</strong> (D) is facing a dogged challenge from Peaceoholics founder <strong>Ron Moten</strong>, an ally of then-Mayor Adrian Fenty running as a “Civil Rights Republican.” Alexander is favored to win, but Moten <a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis/wp/2012/10/17/ron-moten-campaign-spot-compares-yvette-alexander-to-mitt-romney/”>is keeping the race more interesting than it ordinarily might be</a>. Moten has labeled Alexander as out of touch. Alexander has called Moten a “confused man.” <a href=”http://dcist.com/2012/10/more_post_endorsements.php”>The Washington Post endorsed Moten</a> as someone who “offers refreshing energy, community insights and an appealing independence.”
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D.C. Council, Ward 8
Former D.C. Mayor <strong>Marion Barry</strong> (D) is a local legend in the District of Columbia, and not always for the right reasons. Barry, who is up for re-election in his Ward 8 D.C. Council seat, got into a heap of trouble over <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/05/marion-barry-asians_n_1405212.html”>comments about Asian business owners</a> he made at his Democratic primary victory party in April. But the Mayor for Life should have no problem beating Independent candidate <strong>Jauhar Abraham</strong> in the general election.
<strong>Eleanor Holmes Norton</strong> (D), D.C.’s longtime delegate to the House of Representatives, isn’t unopposed for re-election but she should sail to another term. She faces Libertarian <strong>Bruce Majors</strong> and Statehood Green candidate <strong>Natale Lino Stracuzzi</strong>.
<strong>Michael D. Brown</strong>, not to be confused with At-Large Councilmember Michael A. Brown (I), is running for another term as D.C.’s shadow U.S. senator.
He faces Statehood Green candidate <strong>David Schwartzman</strong> and Republican <strong>Nelson Rimensnyder</strong>.
<strong>Nate Bennett-Fleming</strong> (D) ran a spirited race for the Democratic nomination for D.C. shadow House member in 2010 but ended up losing to incumbent Mike Panetta. With Panetta not running this year, Bennett-Fleming had a more direct shot at the seat. He faces Statehood Green candidate G. Lee Aikin in the general election.
U.S. President, 2nd Place
Because of their tendency to support Democratic candidates, District of Columbia voters are expected to overwhelmingly vote for <strong>Barack Obama</strong> this week. While <strong>Mitt Romney</strong> (R) is expected to place second, Libertarian presidential candidate <strong>Gary Johnson</strong>, a former New Mexico governor, <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/11/gary-johnson-mitt-romney-dc_n_1958707.html”>hopes to upset Romney</a> in the nation’s capital.
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