Kenyan McDuffie late on campaign finance filing


McDuffie greets a voter at Mount Bethel Baptist Church on May 15. (Kenyan McDuffie campaign)

New D.C. Council member Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) was not among them. Now, nearly two weeks after the filing deadline, the city still has not received his report. Wesley Williams, a spokesman for the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance, said the matter has been referred to the agency lawyers for enforcement.

McDuffie won a convincing victory in the May 15 special election to replace former Ward 5 member Harry Thomas Jr.

During his campaign, McDuffie pledged to “enhance transparency, promote accountability and further restore our faith in government.” In particular, he said he would support legislation that “increases self-disclosure guidelines and recusal requirements by our elected officials.”

McDuffie, reached Thursday, said he was unaware that his report was late. “It should have been filed already,” he said. “I wasn’t aware that it hasn’t been filed. That’s good to know.”

Under city law, McDuffie’s campaign faces fines of $50 per day.

He is not the only candidate to be tardy in filing. Williams said the campaign of Frank Wilds, another Ward 5 special election candidate, has also been referred for enforcement. Wilds did not immediately return a call for comment.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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