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Topic - Machen
Former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown pleaded guilty Monday to a public corruption charge for accepting tens of thousands of dollars in cash stuffed in duffel bags and coffee cups while in office, following in the footsteps of two other former city lawmakers who pleaded guilty last year to federal crimes.
Contractors told investigators that they were also hesitant not to pay because they "didn't think they would have a fair shake at government contracting without doing so," Mr. Machen said.
Mr. Machen noted that Brown embarked on his scheme even after his former colleagues pleaded guilty to public corruption charges, and he reiterated his commitment to pursue such investigations.