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D.C. Attorney General Looks To Court For Subpoena Enforcement

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The investigation into a D.C council member's nonprofit organization is headed to court. The D.C Attorney General is asking a judge to enforce the city's request for more information.

For more than a month, Attorney General Peter Nickles has been pressing Councilmember Harry Thomas for information about his nonprofit, Team Thomas. Nickles says the group, which promotes youth sports and raised more than $200,000 in 2008, wasn't properly registered with the IRS or the city. Nickles wants to know who donated to the group and how the money was spent.

Thomas, meanwhile, says Nickles is waging an unfair campaign against him.

"So I think he is being totally disingenuous, and I think he is not living up to what he should do as the attorney general: represent the people," Thomas says. "He's representing a political purpose, and that political purpose is to, quite frankly, to damage my integrity."

Thomas complied with an earlier Nickles subpoena, asking for the financial records of Team Thomas. But Thomas says he will not respond to the attorney general's latest subpoena for more detailed information.

Nickles is now asking a judge to enforce the subpoena, and he also wants Thomas to pay the city back for the attorney fees and court costs.


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