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DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown Discusses Campaign Finance Audit for 2008 Election

10:37 PM, Apr 5, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- An Office of Campaign Finance Audit may leave DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown with a fine to pay after investigators found his committee did not disclose more than $300,000 in finances.

The audit determined that while his campaign raised and spent $825,000, it only reported roughly $600,000 of those expenditures. Investigators found Brown's campaign failed to report $133,000 in contributions and more than $203,000 in expenses. After Brown was able to provide more information, they were able to account for all of the missing money.

"At the end, they made a consolidation and found that all the money was there," said Brown on Tuesday. "There was no money missing; all the money was spent on campaign activities and that there will be, or could be, a fine as we move forward."

Brown also discussed the concerns some people have raised regarding an additional audit conclusion that 30 percent of his campaign receipts went directly to the company owned by his brother Che Brown.

His brother's business, Partners in Learning, is a motivational and business-coaching firm. They reportedly were paid $25,800 through Banner Consulting, a group hired to "manage the campaign field operations" for Brown.

"They paid to run a whole field organization," he said. "People saw my signs everywhere, and they saw us campaigning. They saw us canvassing. They saw posters everywhere. They saw a campaign."

Brown said he learned a lesson.

"What the audit proves is that clearly everything added up," he said. "But quite frankly, we should have had an outside professional firm handling all of that, and I learned that lesson, and we will do that next time."

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