Kwame Brown Charged with Violating Campaign Finance Laws
Kwame Brown, the D.C. Council Chairman who was recently charged with one felony count of bank fraud, now has another allegation to add to his resume. According to the Examiner, Brown was charged with aiding and abetting an unlawful campaign expenditure in D.C. Superior Court after a friend open a “side account” to help finance his reelection in 2008.
Brown’s campaign has apparently been under investigation for over a year, following Board of Elections and Ethics Chairman Togo West’s suspicions that criminal activity was afoot in Brown’s campaign.
All of this unfortunate news follows reports that Brown was charged with bank fraud on Wednesday, which caused the councilman to immediately resign from his position. Prosecutors claims that Brown falsified bank documents in order to obtain a hefty loan for a home and a $50,000 powerboat in 2005. His income, they charge, was inflated by “tens of thousands of dollars” in order to help him secure the requested monies.
In his resignation letter, Brown stated that “because of the great respect that I have for the institution that is the Council of the District of Columbia, I have chosen the only honorable course in submitting my resignation at this tim. I simply will not hold this body, and its important work hostage to the resolution of my personal indiscretions.”
Presently, Brown is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court on Friday.