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Metro Committee Approves Contract Amid Ethics Questions

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Metro's Board of Directors moved forward with a controversial contract.
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Metro's Board of Directors moved forward with a controversial contract.

Metro's finance committee unanimously approved a two-year extension for the company MV Transportation Thursday.

Documents obtained by WAMU show that MV hired a lobbyist who used to serve as one of Metro's top executives and a member of its Board of Directors.

The lobbyist, Emeka Moneme, sent emails to several of the advisers to the Board requesting meetings to talk about MV nine months after he left the agency. But Metro's ethics rules prohibit its executives from working on Metro-related business for at least a year after they leave.

Moneme has refused to discuss the matter, and MV says it did not hire him to contact his former co-workers.

Metro says its contracting process has not be compromised and it has not launched a formal investigation. MV's contract extension is scheduled to come up for a final vote later this month.

Email from Emeka Moneme's office
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