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OFFICE OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE
December 2, 2003
Dorothy A. Brizill
Re: Investigation 03-04
Dear Ms. Brizill:
This is to acknowledge the receipt of your November 7, 2003 request for an investigation into the possible violation of the District of Columbia Campaign Finance & Reform Act (Act) by Vincent Mark Policy, Esq.. Additional information regarding this matter was received from you on November 17, 2002. Following the review of your complaint for legal sufficiency, it was accepted for filing Monday, November 24, 2003.
At the November 2003 meeting of the Board of Elections and Ethics, I announced that the Office of Campaign Finance (Office) was initiating an internal inquiry into the matter of allegations that Mayor Anthony Williams was receiving pro bono services from Mr. Policy in defense of a personal lawsuit. The inquiry was also to have involved whether Mayor Williams may also have been the subject of lobbying on his part with regard to Bill 15-133, the "Rental Housing Conversion and Sale Act of 1980 Amendment Act of 2003."
In your complaint, you alleged that Mr. Policy may have violated the Act because of his representation of Mayor Anthony Williams, as an individual, in a lawsuit brought against the Mayor and his re-election committee in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by Thomas Lindenfeld. Specifically, your complainant alleges that Mr. Policy is providing legal services to the Mayor pro bono while registered as a lobbyist in the District for the Apartment and Office Building Association and the Washington, D. C. Association of Realtors and that Mr. Policy is lobbying the Mayor on the aforementioned Bill.
If true, there is a possibility that his actions may have constituted a gift or contribution to the Mayor in violation of the Act. This Office is considering the application of the following statutory provisions to this matter.
D.C. Official Code Section 1-1105.01(5) (2001 Edition) states:
D.C. Official Code Section 1-1105.06(a) states:
D.C. Official Code Section 1-1106.01(c) states:
Finally, according to D.C. Official Code Section 1-1101.01(6)(B)(i), a contribution shall not be interpreted as:
The Office of Campaign Finance has opened an investigation into this matter to determine whether there is any merit to the allegations. See generally 3 DCMR Section 3701 (1998). All proceedings in this matter are confidential. However, the disposition of this investigation shall be made part of the public record.
If you have any additional information you wish to provide to this Office, please do so in a written notarized document, with any necessary attachments, on or before Friday, December 12, 2003.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions, please contact Wesley Williams, Investigator, at (202) 671-0555.
cc: Kathy S. Williams General Counsel
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