The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance intends to fine D.C. Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis (D-Ward 4) more than $2,000 for additional campaign finance violations in connection with her 1982 mayoral race, Keith Vance, the director of the office, said yesterday.
Vance already is seeking a total of $31,000 in fines and has recommended that the U.S. attorney's office investigate alleged infractions by Jarvis and others during the 1982 race and Jarvis' 1984 reelection campaign.
The campaign finance director also is planning to file civil charges and recommend criminal prosecution of Jarvis and others in connection with Jarvis' constituent services fund, according to a source familiar with an investigation of the fund by Vance's office.
The source said that an audit of the constituent service fund shows that Jarvis personally authorized cash transactions that are not allowed under the D.C. campaign finance law.
In a statement released by her office, Jarvis said: "Vance is apparently on a mission to bypass all avenues of due process. Mr. Vance apparently chooses to try me in the media rather than in an unbiased forum before the board of elections and ethics."
Jarvis said she found it "very curious that these new charges come on the heels" of Vance's decision to vacate a $500 fine he issued two weeks ago as a result of Jarvis' alleged failure to provide information about two fund-raising groups, Friends of Charlene Drew Jarvis and Salute to Charlene Drew Jarvis.
Vance said that he vacated the fine Friday because one document put out by his office cited the wrong violation, but that he intends to reissue it.
The new charges expected on the 1982 mayoral campaign and the constituent services fund add to Jarvis' mounting legal troubles. Vance's office has now questioned the handling of funds by campaign officials for Jarvis' two most recent campaigns, by her council office and by two fund-raising groups.
The city's Board of Elections and Ethics is planning a hearing on the alleged 1982 and 1984 infractions early this fall. At Vance's request, D.C. police and federal prosecutors last month began investigating whether the alleged infractions during the 1984 campaign constitute criminal violations.
The additional charges involving Jarvis' 1982 campaign, which are expected to be filed in early August, stem from Jarvis' failure to correctly file a report last Jan. 31 on her 1982 mayoral race and to list her campaign officials on a statement of organization, according to Vance. Periodic reports on the 1982 campaign are still required, he said, because some funds handled by the campaign have not been properly accounted for.
Vance said his office informed Jarvis months ago that the January report was incorrectly signed by Woodrow Boggs, her campaign manager, instead of by a campaign treasurer as the law requires. But he said Jarvis never refiled the report.
He said he has given Jarvis 10 days to correctly file the report and the statement of organization if she wishes to avoid additional charges and a larger fine.
The campaign finance office's preliminary audit of Jarvis' constituent service fund was hampered by Jarvis' failure to provide complete financial records, according to a source familiar with the audit who asked not to be identified.
But the records that were provided show that much of the money collected by Jarvis' council office for constituent services was never deposited in a bank account as required, the source said.
The source said the audit also shows that Jarvis personally wrote money orders, although the money orders are the equivalent of cash transactions that are prohibited by the campaign finance act.