In his bid for the Ward 8 D.C. Council seat, former mayor Marion Barry filed a campaign finance report showing that he received $17,242 in contributions, but he failed to list the names of donors as required by campaign finance regulations.
Barry, one of six Democrats challenging Sandy Allen in the Sept. 14 primary, had received an extension for the report, which was faxed to the city's Office of Campaign Finance after business hours Tuesday.
Barry has said that he plans to raise $50,000 before the primary. Allen reported this month that she had raised nearly $100,000 and had $40,000 in cash as the campaign heads into the final stretch.
Individual contributors cannot give more than $500. Candidates are required to report each contributor's name, address and employer, the amount of the contribution and the date the money was received. The finance office has referred Barry's report, which covers contributions through July 31, to its audit division, which plans to give the Barry campaign 15 days to submit the additional information, an official said.
The only amount listed as a contribution in Barry's report is the $848 collected from the crowd June 12 when he officially launched his campaign. The report also showed $1,168 in cash on hand and $2,000 in unspecified debts and obligations. Barry personally lent the campaign $4,000 and has been reimbursed for all but $190.
In a letter to campaign finance officials, Robert James, chairman of Barry's campaign, wrote that the finance report was incomplete "due to the involuntary departure of the campaign manager, Mr. Dion Jordan." Seventeen days after Barry officially entered the race, Jordan left because of a dispute over his salary. Barry accused Jordan of taking the campaign's checkbook and canceled checks.
The campaign noted Jordan's departure when it requested an extension of 10 business days to file the report, originally due Aug. 10.
"I've been a victim of misrepresentation," Barry said yesterday. "Dion took our stuff. This is the first time in my political campaign, I've had this kind of stuff done to me. . . . I wasn't vigilant because I assumed people were doing the right thing. I'm disgusted about this."
Barry also blamed Jordan's mother, Laura Goggans, who was the campaign's treasurer for a short time. Barry said he was told by aides that Goggans stayed on to help after Jordan had left, although she hadn't. Goggans has an unpublished telephone number and could not be reached for comment.
Jordan, in an interview yesterday, said that he was never responsible for fundraising and that he never had the campaign's checkbook or canceled checks. He also said his mother left the campaign even before Barry's formal announcement.
Barry and his spokeswoman, Linda Mercado Greene, did the fundraising, Jordan said.
"The reason he filed late is not my fault," Jordan said yesterday. "This clearly shows that he is not healthy physically or mentally and he does not have his house in order."
When Jordan left the campaign, he said that Barry had $116.97 in cash on hand. He also said he suspected Barry of using campaign money for personal expenses and not paying his debts.
Barry said that no contributor gave more than $500. He said that when checks were deposited into the campaign bank account, the names were not recorded. Barry said his campaign is trying to identify contributors. He recalled that a staunch supporter, John B. Clyburn, brought three checks to his campaign office for $500 each. A July fundraiser in Upper Marlboro raised another $800, Barry said.
The other Democratic candidates in the Ward 8 primary are William Lockridge, Jacque Patterson, R. Joyce Scott, Sandra Seegars and Frank Sewell. Lockridge has reported raising $6,625; Patterson, $6,190; and Seegars, $4,387. Scott and Sewell have not filed reports, according to campaign finance records.
In another matter, the campaign finance office acknowledged that a computer problem caused the electronically filed campaign finance reports of two candidates to show less money than they had actually raised.
D.C. Council member Kevin P. Chavous (D-Ward 7) has raised a total of $110,199 and has $42,296 on hand. Kwame R. Brown, who is running for an at-large council seat has raised a total of $104,356 and has $13,474 in cash.
Michael Simpson, spokesman for the Campaign Finance Office, said the computer error was the first since the electronic filing system began two years ago. He said the computer failed to include contributions raised in 2003.