Judicial Watch • Another D.C. Scandal Fleeces Taxpayers Out Of Millions

Another D.C. Scandal Fleeces Taxpayers Out Of Millions

Another D.C. Scandal Fleeces Taxpayers Out Of Millions

JANUARY 31, 2012

In a classic fleecing of U.S. taxpayers, a politically-connected nonprofit blew millions of dollars that were supposed to help build and renovate housing for the poor in the slums surrounding the nation’s capital.

The cash—more than $13.7 million—mostly flowed under the leadership of ousted Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, who lost reelection in 2010. During his tenure Fenty was embroiled in a variety of scandals, including the use of taxpayer-funded ads to promote a family business that donated big bucks to his political campaign and controversial trips to Dubai and China on taxpayer time. Judicial Watch obtained documents related to the questionable jaunts which were financed by the foreign governments while Fenty served as an elected official of a U.S. city.

During that time, a charity (Peaceoholics) headed by Fenty’s pal got lots of federal and local cash without being held accountable for how the funds were spent. Several local newspapers have reported on the scandal in the last few years, but this week the area’s mainstream paper published a lengthy exposé that should make most people cringe. It outlines how millions in federal and local funds have been poured into “affordable” housing projects that were never completed.

The scathing article apparently embarrassed some members of the D.C. Council, which has been napping throughout this scandal. One councilman, Michael A. Brown, issued a press release following the story expressing deep concern by “evidence that has been uncovered pointing to unethical behavior and possible criminal malfeasance.” Brown is calling for an “investigation” of a more recent $4.6 million that Peaceoholics got to transform distressed apartments for troubled young men.

Instead, the project became something of a spending free-for-all for developers and contractors who knew redevelopment money was out on the street and in the hands of a novice nonprofit with unchecked authority to spend it,” according to the news story. It goes on to say: “The project was overseen at the housing agency by a top manager with real estate interests of his own who, along with other housing officials, often failed to impose fundamental spending rules and regular oversight. Instead of competitive bidding, Peaceoholics did business with friends and associates. Work often wasn’t tracked or documented.”

As outrageous as this may seem, this sort of thing is par for the course in D.C.’s perpetually corrupt government, which has been rocked by a series of scandals in recent years. Last summer Mayor Vincent Gray, a veteran councilman, was the subject of a corruption investigation for paying a mayoral candidate to stay in the race and trash dethroned, then-Mayor Fenty.

After becoming mayor last January Gray came under fire for hiring an army of senior staffers with lucrative salaries while the city suffered through a painful $400 million budget shortfall. Among Gray’s highly-paid employees are the son of his chief of staff and the daughter of a close adviser.

Who could forget Mayor Marion Barry—elected to the D.C. Council four times since his drug conviction—starring in an FBI surveillance video smoking crack? Barry, who represents Ward 8, has since been in trouble for failing to pay his taxes, violating the terms of his probation and stalking a former girlfriend.

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  • c.jenkins513

    so basicly the people hired me so that they could get a tax break, and her language “rebecca rossner” is a little profane, because shes on the low down for military lingo insults .
    she has nothing on me because i told her i was mentally disabled, and some bullshit about victoria was solved,
    it goes like this… i left victoria because she was starting to look like she was wearing football player shoulderpads.
    and i gave her the chance to venture, she chose another guy, and i got my draft papers.
    beut in lao of the mission her grandfather cut his thumb off, and died of a heart attack, and i knew her grandfather had a purple heart, and a medal of honor, so i knew i had to do something to defend her honor.
    so her boyfriend called threatening me, i called the police and told them there was going to be a fight on alexis street in euless. i didnt really care because i went to jr high with the 3 and statrted realizing they were rapeing her, she claimed no such fauld at the time when the police werew called to the location, and then the blame was shifted to me. nobody listened and i knew i was right. and dont say i didnt warn you. i then packed my shit and left. shes a nobody, if she wont stick up for herself, and by the way i had about 12 benchmarks on a geological survey. why would i focus on her. i have a brain. i just helped her out because she was a cub scout. its strictly professional. maybe if she had her camping supplies she wouldnt cry so much.

  • kjs420

    Just how “destructive to those ends”, does it have to get? There is no benefit to having this tyrannical form of government. They have declared war on American’s with the NDAA. They’ve violated the constitution too many times, it’s time for retribution. Every congressman and senator belong in jail, along with the fraud in the white house.
    Hey, Judicial Watch, how about using the FOIA to get some documentation on the -resident? Nobody knows who this fraud is, but everybody in government is covering for him. This country really does need to get nuked, it’s a cancer on the planet.

  • kylefclark

    The sorry mentality that exists in both the local and federal government, that’s elected to serve within DC. Will the SWAMP truly ever be drained?

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