D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry has created another controversy after his remarks regarding the turkeys his office gives away for Thanksgiving.
According to a report on the WashingtonCityPaper.com, when Barry was asked to identify who was providing the turkeys, he responded only "liberal white folks" were interested in turkey giveaway disclosure rules.
WashingtonCityPaper.com says at least five councilmembers are hosting turkey giveaways this year and that Barry declined to say who paid for his or if his donors had contracts with the District.
According to the report, D.C. campaign finance law appears to make turkey giveaway disclosures optional. Politicians must, however, report paying things like someone's rent or electric bill.
Although Barry is still not giving specifics of how his annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway for needy residents was funded, he has released a list of sponsors for Tuesday's event.
The sponsors included several firms that do business with the city, including Chartered Health Plan, Wal-Mart and lottery vendor Intralot. The Washington Post reports that Barry raised about $40,000 to give away about 2,000 turkeys and that the donations were routed through a nonprofit. Barry says Wal-Mart contributed $5,000.
Barry also clarified his comments that only "liberal white folks" care about who pays for the turkeys. He says he was referring to the media.
Barry adds that "extreme poverty" in his ward is a much bigger issue than the funding of the giveaway.
The former mayor has become known for racially charged comments. He offended some Asians earlier this year when he complained about what he called "dirty shops" in his ward.
Barry's annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway is Tuesday. He is giving away turkeys on a first-come, first-served basis. The event also features screenings for diabetes and HIV testing.