MORNING READING, FROM THIS WEEK’S PRINT EDITION:
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been a busy, productive spring for investigators in the District.
Attorney General Irv Nathan dispelled any notion he’s a softie with a blistering civil suit accusing Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. of redirecting city money earmarked for kids and using it to buy an Audi. The Office of Campaign Finance exceeded everyone’s low expectations with a well-documented audit of D.C. Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown’s inability to document the $170,000 his 2008 re-election campaign paid his brother. And the U.S. Attorney’s Office showed it actually does pay attention to District affairs, turning to a grand jury to help investigate alleged misconduct by Mayor Vince Gray’s mayoral campaign and launching its own Thomas probe.
But for the Office of the Inspector General, which has an annual budget of more than $15 million and is supposed to be the District’s main watchdog, it’s been a typically quiet past few months. Inspector General Charles Willoughby really only made news by deciding not to have his office investigate the mayor’s campaign, on the pretext that Willoughby once had a brief meeting with Gray’s chief accuser, Sulaimon Brown, to talk about jobs.
— Alan Suderman, “Inspector Gadget.”
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