D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles was preparing to issue a subpoena Tuesday evening to council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) for documents related to his oversight of a nonprofit organization that is not registered with the Internal Revenue Service or in good standing with city regulators.
Nickles said the subpoena is needed because Thomas failed to voluntarily turn over the information.
Last week, Nickles sent Thomas a letter asking for financial and other information about the donors and leaders of Team Thomas, an organization the council member bills as a community nonprofit.
Thomas responded by requesting that Nickles give him more time to produce the information. But Nickles said Tuesday afternoon that Thomas's time had run out.
"I am issuing the subpoena, and if he doesn't give me the documents I called for by Friday, I will go into court," Nickles said. "This has been a very unsatisfying response to a simple request."
Thomas was not immediately available to comment Tuesday. Tim Day, Thomas's GOP opponent in the Nov. 2 general election, has accused Thomas of using Team Thomas as "a slush fund."
Nickles said it's alarming that Thomas has been unable to publicly release the organization's donors and disbursements.
"If the documents are in existence, any legitimate organization would produce them in 10 minutes," Nickles said. "If the documents are not in existence, it could be 10 years and he still wouldn't be able to produce them. ... Failure to respond is a serious indication there has to be trouble."
Thomas has been a frequent critic of Nickles, who plans to step down at the end of the year after Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's loss in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary.