- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance has initiated a preliminary investigation of D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. over charges of financial misconduct related to his Team Thomas charity.

The charges, contained in a December complaint filed by D.C. Republican Party Chairman Robert Kabel, allege that Mr. Thomas, Ward 5 Democrat, “failed to disclose” the receipt of a motor vehicle from a company he is associated with, that he paid the company more than $10,000 in campaign funds, and that he did not disclose travel expenses associated with the charity.

A letter to Mr. Kabel from Office of Campaign Finance Director Cecily E. Collier-Montgomery dated Tuesday said officials are also looking into whether Mr. Thomas and his staff used government resources for other than official government business.”

“OCF determined that an investigation was warranted following an extensive review of the information compiled in this matter,” Ms. Collier-Montgomery wrote.

The D.C. Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is already investigating whether Mr. Thomas unlawfully solicited charitable donations to the group.