Kelvin Robinson, charged Tuesday, remains in D.C. health exchange job


Robinson, seen in 2003, when he was serving as chief of staff to Anthony A. Williams. (Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post)

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged Kelvin J. Robinson, a former chief of staff to Mayor Anthony A. Williams, with conspiring to defraud campaign finance authorities regarding alleged illicit donations to his failed 2010 D.C. Council campaign — the latest target of the long-running investigation into businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson’s secret political funding network.

Despite the charge, Robinson will remain in his city job as business development director for D.C. Health Link, the District’s health insurance exchange.

In a statement, Executive Director Mila Kofman said the exchange is “reviewing and will be following D.C. Human Resources regulations and procedures” with regard to Robinson, but that no action has yet been taken.

The statement noted that the allegations laid out in the criminal complaint filed Tuesday “pre-date his involvement with the Exchange by a number of years.”

“In fact,” Kofman said, “Mr. Robinson’s work at the Exchange is of the highest caliber and does not involve political activities.”

Robinson is due to make an initial court appearance on May 28. His lawyer has not returned a message seeking comment.

Kofman’s full statement:

I am saddened to hear of the allegations against Mr. Robinson.

The political activities alleged in the indictment against Mr. Robinson pre-date his involvement with the Exchange by a number of years. In fact, Mr. Robinson’s work at the Exchange is of the highest caliber and does not involve political activities. The Exchange does not participate in political campaigns.

In light of the pending legal action, we are reviewing and will be following DC Human Resources regulations and procedures.

Because this is an ongoing matter before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment further.

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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