Thomas A. Nida, a banker and chairman of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, has taken part in some official decisions that involved schools, their landlords or developers doing business with his bank. For example, Nida voted to increase enrollment at schools, resulting in those schools receiving more public funding and effectively helping them repay loans to his employer, United Bank. Nida said his business ties did not influence his votes.
SOURCES: D.C. Recorder's Office, Public Charter School Board | Photo by Jacqueline Dupree. Reporting by David S. Fallis and April Witt, Graphic by Cristina Rivero - The Washington Post - December 14, 2008
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