Old Money The Wilson Building isn’t the only namesake of former D.C. Council Chair John Wilson under discussion these days: According to the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance (OCF), the Wilson for Chairman Campaign Committee has a current account balance of $8,470. Wilson, of course, committed suicide while serving as council chair in 1993. “It shouldn’t be operating as a committee, because there’s no candidate in this case,” says OCF spokesperson Michael Simpson. D.C. Code gives the campaign committee two options: contribute the money to a political party or return it to donors. Simpson points out that other D.C. politicos have cast long shadows as well: Dave Clarke, who took over for Wilson and served until his 1997 death, also has an active political action committee. Last election cycle, the Dave Clarke Team handed out $3,050 to committees supporting mayoral aspirant Kevin Chavous as well as council candidates Frank Smith, Linda Cropp, and Phil Mendelson.