Kwame Brown to face campaign finance charges

District campaign finance authorities announced Friday that they are proceeding with a complaint against D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) for irregularities pertaining to his 2008 re-election campaign.

According to a release.from the Office of Campaign Finance, Brown’s campaign “is charged, among other things, with failure to report 210 contributions totaling $102,763.00, failure to report 53 expenditures totaling $169,431.49 ... and failure to substantiate $174,785.57 in expenditures.”

Brown’s attorney, Frederick D. Cooke Jr., declined to comment Friday.

The complaint, which is filed with the Board of Elections and Ethics, largely upholds the findings of a scathing audit released in April. The audit suggested that about $240,000 in Brown campaign funds were sent to a company owned by his brother through an intermediary. Brown responded to the audit’s findings during a two-hour deposition in May.

The office “will present evidence of the violations” to the board, which will set a hearing on the charges “in the near future.”

The announcement caps an astounding week in city politics, which started with a circus-like hearing on allegations against Mayor Vincent C. Gray and shocking new charges from the city’s Attorney General that Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) funneled more than $300,000 in city funds for his personal use. Brown, Gray and Thomas have all denied wrongdoing.

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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