April 8, 2013

Last month, The Post endorsed Republican Patrick Mara in the D.C. Council at-large special election. That editorial dismissed my candidacy, allotting me one trite line marking me as a member of the proverbial old guard. Last week, The Post reiterated its endorsement of Mr. Mara [“A fresh face for the D.C. Council,” April 5], and this time I was given more than one line. But instead of giving my candidacy genuine consideration, the piece suggested that anyone with a long political history in the District must be either backward or unethical. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I began this campaign by hiring a group of youthful campaign workers and volunteers, many from the Obama movement, who will continue to introduce innovative ideals. My integrity is absolute, and no ethical controversies have impugned my reputation in my more than 30 years of public service. The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance investigation that was mentioned in the editorial was resolved without admission of liability by the D.C. Democratic State Committee.

The Republican Party’s policies have been tested and proven disastrous. The city voted overwhelmingly for President Obama, and it wants to see his initiatives met with consideration on the council. District residents want change in the form of a strong, ethical Democrat — not a Republican.

Anita Bonds, Washington

The writer, a Democrat, is an at-large member of the D.C. Council.

I take issue with the editorial’s statement that there were “findings of violations by the District’s Office of Campaign Finance” against the D.C. Democratic State Committee while Anita Bonds was chair. The matter was settled without an admission of liability.

The investigation concerned fundraising by an entity called Denver Convention 2008 to support the activities of the D.C. delegation at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. While the matter was on appeal before the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, the committee agreed to a settlement payment of $8,000 and to ask contributors to re-designate donations in excess of the $5,000 limit to the following year. The committee made no admission of liability about any of the matters in the investigation; there was no finding of liability against any of the donors; and all claims against the committee, Denver Convention 2008 and any other party were resolved.

James S. Bubar, Washington

The writer is special counsel for the D.C. Democratic State Committee.

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