Ronald Machen, U.S. Attorney, says probe into corruption of local DC elections spans federal elections as well

10:45 PM, Jul 10, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen says his investigation into corruption in DC elections has moved beyond his examination of the 2010 DC mayoral race.

"It just didn't start in 2010. Since at least 2001 this scheme has violated federal and local election laws by using straw donors, many of them employees, friends, and family members of the conspirators to make high dollar campaign contributions that would then be reimbursed with personal and corporate money from the conspirators. This scheme allowed the conspirators to evade campaign contribution limits and the ban on corporate donations and to illegally direct tens of thousands of dollars
to candidates for federal and DC offices," Machen said in a Tuesday press conference.

"Corruption is not limited to any one political party, to any one race of an elected official, or to any one particular region of the country, and while DC has many, many, many, hard-working public servants, we have learned over the last year that we, too, are not immune to the forces of greed and corruption that we have seen at work in many other parts of our nation," he said.

"The truth about what happened in 2010 in that campaign is troubling and it is troubling because the people of the District of Columbia have fought for so long for the well deserved right to elect their own officials. In 2010 we went to the ballot box not knowing that one mayoral campaign was secretly financing another, and that more than a half million dollars in unregulated and unreported corporate money had been used to influence the outcome of the election.

"In 2010 the mayoral campaign was compromised by back room deals
secret payments and a flood of unreported cash.

"The people of this city deserve better. They deserve the truth," Machen said as he pledged to continue his investigation.

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