WAMU 88.5 : News

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

Play associated audio

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.

NPR

Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
NPR

Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
NPR

Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
NPR

Politics Overshadows U.S. Tech Firms' Hopes For Entering Iran

With a young, well-educated population, Iran has the potential to be a boom market for tech. But sanctions and negative political implications for doing business there seem to limit prospects.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.