Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry‘s re-election campaign missed the Oct. 10 filing deadline with the Office of Campaign Finance as well as an extension that ended Friday, an OCF spokesman says. Barry will have to explain why he didn’t file on time and faces the possibility (though very remote) of having to pay fines, OCF Wesley Williams says.
Barry is a sure bet to win re-election in November’s general election after dispatching a handful of opponents in Democratic primary this spring. But his campaign finances look to be a mess. Besides missing the most recent filing deadline, Barry’s Aug. 10 report showed that his campaign was $9,300 in the hole.
Barry was sued over unpaid debts tied to his last campaign in 2008. He never bothered to reply to the lawsuit and wound up—surprise—losing that case, which led to a judge ordering his wages garnished.
When asked about his extension for the most recent filing, Barry tells LL that his campaign treasurer, Robert James, was responsible for ensuring the filings were submitted on time. “Let me find out what the heck is going on,” says Barry. James wasn’t immediately available for comment. LL will update as needed.
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