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A volunteer with the Vincent Gray campaign is asking the city’s Office of Campaign Finance to look into whether Ron Moten’sgo-go concerts, songs, and magazines in support of Mayor Adrian Fenty break D.C. election laws.
James Abely, a former aide to former Councilmember Harold Brazil, said in a complaint dated and filed yesterday that Moten is a Fenty campaign strategist, and Moten’s go-go concerts, songs, music video, magazine and website need to be regulated by the OCF just if they were coming directly from the Fenty campaign.
That would mean some of Moten’s most visible efforts to get Fenty re-elected would be subject to a $2,000 donation cap, and Moten’s The Otherside Magazine—which features cartoons of Gray the friendly looking vampire—would need to have the disclaimer that they are campaign material, according to Abely. In the letter, Abely said Moten’s efforts “appear to be have been a coordinated” with the Fenty campaign, and he’s looking from some sort of “enforcement action” against the Fenty campaign.
Reached by phone, Abely it took “a 15-minute Google search” to find the alleged violations of campaign finance law. He said he filed the complaint on his own, and without any assistance from the Gray campaign. “This is a citizen saying ‘enough,'” Abely told LL.
LL couldn’t get Moten on the phone (his voicemail box is full), but in a previous conversation, Moten said The Otherside Magazine was paid for by advertisements. (Hey, that’s the same business model as City Paper.)
A Fenty campaign spokesman said the campaign hasn’t seen the complaint. An OCF spokesman said the complaint is currently under review, and no decision has yet been made whether to hold a hearing before the Sept. 14 primary. LL isn’t holding his breath.