The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance has concluded that City Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis (Ward 4) violated the city's campaign finance law on numerous occasions during her 1982 mayoral race, Keith Vance, director of the office, said yesterday.
Vance said the infractions were similar to the "blatant" violations his office discovered in auditing Jarvis' 1984 reelection campaign for her council seat.
Yesterday, Vance filed a formal complaint on the 1984 violations, first revealed in a May 22 report with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics charging Jarvis, her campaign manager Woodrow Boggs Jr. and three former campaign treasurers with a total of 18 alleged violations of the campaign finance law during the 1984 reelection campaign.
The complaint alleges improper expenditures totaling $172,832 and the knowing misrepresentation of numerous financial transactions. Vance said he will recommend that the board fine Jarvis' campaign at least $17,500 -- $8,000 more than he recommended -- and that Jarvis and her campaign officials be criminally prosecuted.
Jarvis said yesterday in a prepared statement that she views the filing of formal charges with the board as "a step closer in our effort to lay the matter to rest."
D.C. police have begun an investigation of Jarvis' 1984 campaign finances at Vance's request and are working in conjunction with the U.S. attorney's office.
Vance said he also will recommend fines and criminal prosecution of Jarvis and her campaign officials on the basis of a nearly completed audit of Jarvis' 1982 mayoral campaign.
According to a source familiar with the contents of that audit, it shows that Jarvis campaign officials reported only about half of the funds taken in by the campaign.
Auditors discovered the true amount of contributions by checking bank deposit records and reports from political action committees, which are required to disclose contributions to candidates, the source said.
Jarvis' campaign officials submitted an amended report showing additional contributions after auditors questioned their initial report, but could not provide the documentation, the source said.
The audit, expected to be released within 10 days, also shows that Jarvis' campaign officials spent significantly more money than their reports indicated and could not adequately document how the money was spent, according to the source.
The source described the violations by the 1982 campaign as "more serious" than those by the 1984 campaign, saying "there is more money that is unaccounted for."
According to the source, the audit reveals the same pattern of irregularities that are alleged in the 1984 campaign, including: checks improperly made out to cash and endorsed by Boggs, who was Jarvis' campaign manager in both races; checks to Boggs and other campaign officials that were not listed in the campaign financial reports; and payments to Boggs and other campaign officials that were not supported by canceled checks.
The audit also shows that Boggs authorized payments although he was not the campaign treasurer and lacked the authority to do so, the source said.
The audit will recommend that charges be filed against Jarvis; Boggs; James Collins, who was the campaign treasurer, and others, according to the source.
Vance's office has been investigating Jarvis' campaign finances and her use of a constituent service fund for the past two years. Auditors have focused increasingly on the roles of Jarvis and Boggs, sources said.
Albert Turkus, a lawyer who is representing Jarvis on charges of campaign finance violations, said this week that Boggs had "primary responsibility" for responding to problems about the campaign reports raised by Vance's office. He said Jarvis "felt that requests for information from that office were being satisfied."
Turkus said Jarvis hopes to provide information to the campaign finance office that will show that no campus irregularities occurred. Boggs was not available for comment yesterday.
Boggs and Jarvis are the focus of another investigation by the U.S. attorney's office that was triggered when officials of Citicorp, the New York-based banking giant, acknowledged paying Boggs $28,200.
Federal prosecutors are looking into whether Jarvis or Boggs used Jarvis' chairmanship of the City Council's Housing and Economic Development Committee to influence banks to hire Boggs.