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Marion Barry Censured For Accepting Gifts From Contractors

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The "Mayor for Life" is once again in trouble. D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has been censured and fined nearly $14,000 by the city's ethics board for accepting unlawful gifts from a pair of contractors.

City law prohibits lawmakers from accepting gifts over $20,000 from contractors doing business with the city. Barry accepted nearly $7,000.

The council member reported the gifts on his financial disclosure form, but did not inform the council chairman or initially recuse himself from matters involving the two companies.

The firms — Forney Enterprises and F & L Construction — have received city contracts worth millions of dollars.

The owner of one of the companies has said he gave Barry $2,800 to help pay his bills.

The former four-term mayor admitted to the wrongdoing, and the action taken by the board was part of a negotiated settlement. Barry was also censured by the D.C. Council in 2010 for violating conflict of interest rules when awarded a contract to his then-girlfriend.

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