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But he also is known for a failed bid to bring online gambling to the District, a measure that was passed as part of a supplemental budget bill in December 2010. The D.C. Council repealed the program earlier this year before it ever got off the ground, citing the lack of public vetting it received before it became law.

Mr. Brown’s latest campaign finance report shows he has raised $183,500 for his bid to retain the at-large seat — including more than $30,000 from June 11 to Aug. 10 — but his $17,977 in cash on hand is less than what his two main opponents reported as of Aug. 10. It is also notable because he is an incumbent heading into the home stretch of a campaign.

Among challengers, Mr. Grosso reported in August that he had nearly $56,000 left to get out the vote ahead of the Nov. 6 election, and Republican nominee Mary Brooks Beatty reported about $22,500 in the bank.

They represent the biggest threat to Mr. Brown’s seat, since they are competing for a seat reserved for a minority party in the heavily Democratic city. In a statement Tuesday, Ms. Beatty said Mr. Brown should quit the race in light of recent developments.

“I’m calling on council member Brown to do the honorable thing and not seek re-election,” she said. “The District needs new representatives who are interested in serving the people rather than serving themselves.”

Fellow incumbent Vincent B. Orange, at-large Democrat, reported $9,856 on hand in August but is considered the safest bet to win one of the two seats up for grabs as the standard-bearer for the majority party in the District.

A.J. Cooper and Leon J. Swain Jr. also are running as independents; Ann Wilcox is a candidate from the D.C. Statehood Green Party.

Mr. Brown, chairman of the council’s Committee on Economic Development and Housing, also has faced questions about his personal finances in the past.

In June, The Washington Times reported that the Internal Revenue Service filed a notice of federal tax lien totaling $20,000 against Mr. Brown, citing income taxes for the period ending Dec. 31, 2010.

It was not the first time Mr. Brown has heard from federal tax collectors. Two years ago, the IRS filed a lien notice citing more than $50,000 in income taxes due for 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008.

Mr. Grosso said in light of that backdrop, the issues with Mr. Brown’s campaign “shouldn’t surprise anybody.”
Michael Brown having issues with his finances is not new,” he said. “It’s like ‘Groundhog Day.’ We’ve seen this before.”