D.C. AG's office will probe new mayor

Jessica M. Karmasek Mar. 9, 2011, 10:51am


WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The District of Columbia Attorney General's Office now is looking into allegations concerning "alleged improprieties" during last year's mayoral campaign.

Earlier this week, former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown told the Washington Post that he received payments from two of Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign aides to continue attacks on incumbent Adrian Fenty in exchange for a city job if Gray won.

Gray, in a statement released Tuesday, requested that a "prompt" and "thorough" investigation be conducted into Brown's allegations.

The District of Columbia Office of the Inspector General and Office of Campaign Finance, the mayor said, will conduct the investigation, "which fall clearly within their jurisdictions."

However, "in order to avoid duplication of efforts and in an attempt to assure that the matters are investigated promptly and thoroughly," the mayor determined that the Attorney General's Office and Acting Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan will facilitate the investigation.

"We will work to ensure that these investigative agencies have full and prompt access to D.C. government records, as well as to personnel with knowledge of these matters," Gray said.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by e-mail at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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