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Marion Barry censured, fined for accepting gifts from contractors

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D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry

D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry has been censured by the city's ethics board and fined $13,600 for accepting cash gifts from two city contractors.

The board concluded Thursday that Barry had violated the council's code of conduct when he took a total of $6,800 from two construction companies that have done business with the city. The owner of one of the companies said he gave Barry $2,800 to help pay his bills.

Barry reported the gifts on his financial disclosure statements, but didn't inform the council chairman as required or recuse himself from matters involving the companies.

In a statement, the former four-term mayor called the settlement fair and said he had intended to follow all laws.

In response to the Office of Government Ethics Negotiated Disposition Agreement, Councilmember Barry issued the following statement:

Let me be clear and put this into context. During my 30 plus years in public office, I have never been accused of stealing government money, accepting kickbacks or misreporting on public disclosure forms. My character and integrity remain intact.

In regards to the gifts from Forney Enterprises and F&L Construction, I’m the one who disclosed this. I reported it on my 2012 Public Financial Disclosure Form. No one had to look under a rock for it. I disclosed it.

I want to thank my attorney Fred Cooke for negotiating a fair settlement. It is my intention to follow all laws, including this new law, which is why I fully complied. A payment plan has been reached, and I am happy to have this matter behind me.

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