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Holiday shopping might not be what it used to be for Marion Barry—his District paycheck is slated to take a hit.

Since 2006, the Ward 8 councilmember has had a portion of his income pared away by the IRS. Now he’s facing a wage garnishment connected to campaign materials he purchased in June 2008. The gear was sold to him by Lanham, Md.-based advertising company Charles G. Brown Inc. The mayor-for-life spent $9,352.92 on things like signs and lapel stickers, which the company is now trying to recover. (Barry wasn’t immediately available for comment.)

Though Barry was sent a bill for the stuff in July 2008, he never responded, according to court papers. When it became apparent Barry wasn’t going to pay up, the company sued him in a Maryland court in February 2009. Barry didn’t show up at an Oct. 29, 2009, hearing regarding the case, and the company was awarded judgment.

Last month, the company’s lawyer, John P. Lynch, filed a request with the civil division of D.C. Superior Court to slice the money directly from Barry’s $125,583 annual D.C. Council salary, and it was granted. But so far, the District hasn’t given his clients their cut. A response from the city is now past due, says Lynch. He finds that odd. “Usually, when I serve it [a garnishment] on city employees, they respond,” he says.

That could be because the IRS is first in line. “It could get hung up if there are prior wage garnishments in place,” says Lynch.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery