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Emeka Moneme, shown here in 2008 while serving as director of D.C.'s Department of Transportation.
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Emeka Moneme, shown here in 2008 while serving as director of D.C.'s Department of Transportation.

The email shows former Chief Administrative Officer Emeka Moneme requesting a meeting with a Metro board adviser to "discuss MV Transport and the MetroAccess program."

MetroAccess is operated by the private company MV Transportation, which is one of Moneme's clients at the lobbying firm where he now works.

Metro Board Chair Cathy Hudgins says Metro's ethics rules prohibit its former executives from sending emails like this.

"I think people walk out of the organization understanding what their responsibilities are, or should do so," she says.

Moneme refuses to comment, but a spokesperson for MV says it hired him to do "community outreach," not to lobby Metro.

Hudgins, however, is skeptical.

"What is an unknown here is on what side does MV as their organization play with Mr. Emeka Moneme's actions, and I think all of that needs to be fleshed out," she says.

Hudgins did have praise for the whistleblower who received Moneme's email and forwarded it to WAMU. He requested anonymity, and says he did not agree to meet with Moneme.

Email from Emeka Moneme's office
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