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Patrick Madden

District Reporter

Madden is the District Reporter at WAMU. He has covered city hall for the past four years and has won several awards for his coverage, including last year's Edward R. Murrow for investigative journalism.

Madden is also a frequent guest analyst on The Politics Hour and was a panelist at the 2010 mayoral debate at the Newseum.

Before joining WAMU in 2006, Madden worked at NBC4 and C-SPAN. He is originally from New York, attended Emory University in Atlanta and holds a master's degree in journalism from American University.

He is a long suffering NY Mets fan.


Articles Written by Patrick Madden

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In the aftermath of the FreshPAC scandal, the D.C. Council is looking at ways to reduce the impact of moneyed special interests on local elections. The answer, according to some D.C. legislators, is public financing. ...
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A proposal to create the country’s largest public utility takes center stage this week in D.C. as executives from Pepco and Exelon will make their case before the city’s regulatory body. D.C.’s three-person Public Service Commission is the last remaining hurdle for the nearly $7 billion take over. Maryland and the other states involved have signed off on the deal, whic...
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Outside the French Embassy, roses, candles, even bottles of wine — the symbols of Paris — have been left by mourners to remember the victim’s of last week’s terrorist attacks. The outpouring of support continued Monday as city officials and residents stopped by all afternoon. “The French have always been our good friends from the founding of our country,” said Di...
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D.C. Mayor Bowser said Friday that she supports the decision to shut down FreshPAC, the controversial political action committee that was formed by a group of her supporters to — as they described it — support her agenda. Speaking from China during a conference call...
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Metro Connection Segments Why Is A Tiny Triangle Of Land In D.C. Dedicated To Sonny Bono? ...
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A controversial political-action committee aligned with Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser is being shut down amid concerns that it was feeding a pay-to-play political culture in the nation's capital. FreshPAC's treasurer, Ben Soto, said in an email that the group had become "too much of a distraction for the mayor." Founded by supporters of the Democratic mayor, th...
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Do you park on the street in downtown D.C.? It could cost you a lot more under a new pilot program aiming to free up spots in busy neighborhoods. The program — which many are calling “surge pricing” — is set to debut in Chinatown and Penn Quarter this spring. The goal is to charge higher rates during periods of peak demand — in this case, up to $8 an hour. That’...
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The controversial political action committee aligned with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is being shut down. FreshPAC's treasurer, Ben Soto, said in an email to WAMU 88.5 that the group had become "too much of a distraction for the mayor." The announcement comes while Bowser is on a high-profile trade mission to China. Founded by supporters of the Democratic mayor, the gr...
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D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine wants to revamp the city's campaign finance laws in response to a new political action committee that's raising unlimited donations to support Mayor Muriel Bowser. Racine says the group, FreshPAC, is contributing to the perception that "pay to play" politics are still flourishing in the District. ...
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As the PAC established by supporters of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser comes under increased scrutiny, D.C.'s political world is beginning to look smaller and smaller. Take the case of City Administrator Rashad Young, who bought a house on 16th Street NW in June. Turns out, t...
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A donor to a controversial political action committee allied with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser testified before the D.C. Council on Thursday that he “couldn’t recall” who asked him to donate $10,000 to the group earlier this summer. Buwa Binitie, a real estate developer who has been appointed by Bowser to serve on a powerful city board, faced repeated questions about his...
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Sixteen-year-olds can drive, they can pay taxes and they can even be charged as adults in the criminal justice system. Should they also be allowed to vote? Three D.C. council members have introduced legislation to lower the federal voting age from 18 to 16. The idea behind the effort came from Michelle Blackwell, a 44-year-old singer in a local go-go band. It all ...
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Metro Connection Segments Inside The HQ Of D.C.'s Short-Lived But Influential Lesbian Separatist Collective ...
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When Robert Goodrich attended one of the recent fundraisers for FreshPAC — the pro-Bowser PAC raising unlimited donations — he says his enthusiasm for the city got the best of him. "Someone told me there was a suggested $10,000 donation," Goodrich says. "I said, 'Le...
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The "nation's report card" is out, and for the D.C. region, the results are mixed. The National Assessment of Educational Progress tests students in fourth and eighth grades in both math and reading, and the most recent test showed that scores in Maryland fell, while D.C. emerged as one of the few bright spot...
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A controversial political action committee that supports D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's agenda has received some of its biggest checks from individuals and companies that are connected to more than $70 million in contracts from the District government, according to a WAMU 88.5 analysis of city records. Fresh PAC, which is taking advantage of a campaign finance law that allows su...
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Opponents of the Pepco-Exelon merger say regulators shouldn’t rush to review D.C.’s proposed settlement with the power companies. The clock is ticking on the $6.8-billion takeover. The power companies — along with the city government — have asked D.C. regulators to ...
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D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) is blasting a new political action committee that supporters of Mayor Muriel Bowser have created. The group is taking advantage of a quirk in the law that lets PACs to raise unlimited campaign cash during off-year elections. Appearing on WAMU 88.5's The Politics Hour Friday, Cheh called the political action committee — whi...
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Why is the Fresh PAC such a big deal? The average contribution is roughly $6,000. Or 3X what you could legally donate to mayoral race.— Patrick Madden (@Patrick_Madden) October ...
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Metro Connection Segments After Stints In Business And Government, Gabe Klein Embraces Fear Of Screwing Up ...