Last month, with much fanfare, the D.C. Council passed a law to help restore credibility to the Office of Campaign Finance (OCF), which has been mired in controversy since last summer. The bill, introduced by Councilmember Harold Brazil, not only jacked up the fines for violating city conflict of interest and election laws, it also tried to insulate the OCF director from mayoral meddling. The new law transfers the authority to fill the six-year position from the mayor (who’s hardly known for his saintly ethics in OCF matters) to the three-member Board of Elections and Ethics. This transfer of authority sounds like a great idea, until you consider the situation of current board members Valerie Burden, Ben Wilson, and Norma Leftwich, who might be a little bit more solicitous of Marion Barry’s interests than D.C. residents would like. Burden’s term on the board expired well over a year ago; Wilson’s ran out earlier this year; and Leftwich’s will end in July. And the mayor is the person who will reappoint or replace them. Hizzoner has not yet decided how to fill the board, but sources familiar with the situation say that the current members are trying to curry favor with Barry to win themselves another term.