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Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 06/10/2011

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.

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