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D.C. Worker Charged With Policing City Officials Fails To Disclose Second Job

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For years, D.C.'s Office of Campaign Finance made sure city lawmakers and employees followed the District's ethics laws and filled out conflict-of-interest statements. But one city worker that plays a large role in policing the city's candidates and elected officials has a conflict of his own—one that he didn't disclose.

William Sanford is general counsel for the Office of Campaign Finance, the District's election watchdog. He's also, it turns out, a lawyer with an active practice in Silver Spring, Maryland, a fact he didn't include in the conflict-of-interest form submitted submitted for 2012.

A spokesperson for the city agency says it was an oversight.

D.C. tightened its disclosure requirements last year after numerous scandals involving lawmakers. Now officials must disclose all business relationships, regardless of whether a company is doing business with the District.

The spokesperson says after WAMU 88.5 contacted the agency office, Sanford amended his conflict-of-interest form.

The office of campaign finance, which has been criticized for its lack of oversight during the recent controversies involving city lawmakers, turned over responsibility for monitoring conflict-of-interest statements to a new agency, the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, last year.

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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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Will Montgomery County Go "Bottoms Up" On Liquor Laws?

Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.

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Exelon's Chief Strategy Officer On Its Proposed Takeover Of Pepco

Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Another year is coming to a close and the Computer Guys And Gal are here to discuss this year's biggest technology news, including the growth of virtual reality and the "Internet of Things."

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