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Over the last three years, scandal and controversy have descended upon D.C. City Hall. Three Council members have pleaded guilty to felonies, and two of them have been forced to resign. At the same, three people associated with Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 mayoral campaign have pleaded guilty to participating in a straw donation campaign orchestrated by D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson, who himself has come under scrutiny by federal investigators. Government advocates have pushed for broad campaign finance reforms and a strong ethical framework, to limited success.
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Empty Promises: Developers Often Don't Deliver

Developers receiving subsidies pledge jobs, affordable housing and other benefits for D.C. residents. Yet with little oversight and enforcement, many of the promises were downsized, delayed or broken.
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Million-Dollar Properties, $1 Deals

Parcels of city land—often valued at millions of dollars—have been awarded to politically connected developers, some for pennies on the dollar. Since 2008, D.C. lawmakers have approved 20 of these land deals, at a loss of more than $200 million in city assets.

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Major Campaign Donors Score Hefty City Subsidies

Construction cranes can be seen throughout the District. Less visible are the symbiotic relationships between land developers and city officials awarding tax breaks and discounted land deals. WAMU investigates.
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D.C. Council Member Jim Graham Violated Metro Code Of Conduct

An independent review has found that a D.C. council member violated the code of conduct of Washington's Metro transit system.

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Michael Brown Wants Publicly Financed Council Races

One D.C. Council member is calling on the city to examine publicly financed campaigns after some recent trouble with his own campaign accounts.

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Gray Donor Pleads Guilty To Conducting 'Shadow Campaign'

New details are emerging in the hearing for PR executive Eugenia Harris, who has been charged with making straw contributions to candidates, including D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, and participating as well in a "shadow campaign."

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D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown Charged With Bank Fraud

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is likely to plead guilty to federal fraud charges filed Wednesday. Sources say he may officially resign before the end of the week.

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Harry Thomas Jr. Pleads Guilty

D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. is out, and he is expected to plead guilty to stealing more than $350,000 from the city later today. He could serve more than a year in jail. 

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Ethics Bill Passes D.C. Council

The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval to an ethics reform bill this week, but not before fighting over certain more stringent provisions that ultimately didn't make it into the bill. 

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