Source: No missing funds in Kwame Brown campaign

Funds from the 2008 Kwame Brown campaign have been accounted for, but the D.C. Council chairman could face fines because of filing irregularities in his finance report, according to a source involved in an audit expected to be released Tuesday by the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance (OCF).

The campaign spending of another lawmaker, Ward 5 Council member Harry Thomas Jr., also is being probed by the OCF, and several Ward 7 residents have asked the OCF to investigate whether Council member Yvette Alexander commingled or misspent campaign and constituent services funds.

All three lawmakers are Democrats.

Mr. Brown’s at-large re-election campaign receipts and expenses have been under investigation since the fall, when he ran in and subsequently won the D.C. Council chairman’s race.

His 2008 campaign was suspected of failing to disclose an estimated $250,000 in contributions and expenses during his at-large re-election bid.

The six-month OCF probe delved deeply into the Brown campaign’s bookeeping and expenditures, including payments to consultants, such as Mr. Brown’s brother. The audit reveals that Che Brown, who has worked on all of Kwame Brown’s election campaigns, netted $25,000.

“There is no missing money,” the source said. “There were administrative errors in failing to report in a timely fashion. There may be fines.”

In the Thomas case, a misuse-of-funds probe involving his nonprofit organization, Team Thomas that began during the Fenty administration, has broadened to include the OCF.

Mr. Thomas, who won his 2010 re-election bid, has denied any wrongdoing.

In Ms. Alexander’s instance, a letter sent Friday on behalf of eight community members asked the OCF to investigate several of their concerns, including possible commingling of funds and the failure to report in-kind contributions.

In the letter, Geraldine Washington, who lives in Ms. Alexander’s ward, wrote, “It is our hope that careful and great consideration be given to our request and a formal investigation be conducted to substantiate or nullify the community’s concerns regarding this matter.”

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