Foggy Bottom’s advisory neighborhood commission can fight George Washington University (GWU), but it can’t beat the phone company or the bank. At their Feb. 19 meeting, commissioners were forced to pass the hat to get the group’s official voice-mail system reactivated. The group hasn’t received any 2003 funds, and it cannot legally pay bills because it has failed to comply with the city’s bookkeeping requirements. According to Chair Dorothy Miller, the ANC spent the bulk of its $12,000 budget last year on legal consultation while battling GWU’s expansion plans. The commission is racking up fees from Bank of America for dropping below its minimum-balance requirement. “I agree that sometimes we overspent on our attorneys,” says Commissioner Maria Tyler, “but the developments are the real threat to the neighborhood and to the city.” —John Metcalfe