WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

McDuffie Proposes Mandatory Campaign Finance Training

Play associated audio
Kenyan McDuffie won a special election to fill the seat vacated by Harry Thomas Jr. last year.
McDuffieforCouncil.com
Kenyan McDuffie won a special election to fill the seat vacated by Harry Thomas Jr. last year.

After a rash of campaign-finance scandals in the District, one council member says candidates should be required to undergo training before their campaigns can receive any donations.

Ward 5 Council member Kenyan McDuffie, who replaced Harry Thomas Jr. after his arrest and resignation, is proposing mandatory campaign finance training for all candidates and their campaign treasurers. The city's Office of Campaign Finance, which currently offers training for candidates on a voluntary basis, should conduct mandatory training and provide certificates of completion, McDuffie says.

Under the council member's plan, campaigns would be barred from receiving contributions or making expenditures if the key players didn't have that stamp of approval from OCF.

"My hope is that with this training, a prophylactic effect on the campaign violations, some of which we have seen as of late," McDuffie says.

Those violations and notable incidents include the alleged embezzlement of funds from the campaign bank account of former Council member Michael Brown, the $650,000 shadow campaign and off-the-book payments to Sulaimon Brown that were orchestrated by members of Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign, and the tens of thousands of dollars in unreported donations and expenditures that turned up in an audit of former chair Kwame Brown's 2008 campaign.

Despite all of the scandals, city lawmakers have been slow to address campaign finance reform. But oversight of campaign finance was turned over to McDuffie earlier this month, and it looks like the he's hoping to move quickly on the issue.

NPR

For A Female Banker At The Top Of Her Game, What Does It Take To Stay There?

In the film Equity, investment banker Naomi Bishop navigates the male-dominated world of Wall Street. Screenwriter Amy Fox discusses the film and her research, which included many interviews with women who worked on Wall Street.
NPR

Salvage Supperclub: A High-End Dinner In A Dumpster To Fight Food Waste

The ingredients — think wilted basil, bruised plums, garbanzo bean water — sound less than appetizing. Whipped together, they're a tasty meal that show how home cooks can use often-tossed foods.
NPR

LISTEN: At The DNC, We Asked Women Why They Were Voting For Clinton

We asked women — as young as 4 and as old as 77 — how much the weight of history factored into their decision.
NPR

New Reports Of Hackers In Democratic Party Computer Systems

The Clinton campaign says its systems were not hit but that a program it uses was in the party's compromised system. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was also hacked.

Leave a Comment

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