Sulaimon Brown Releases Money Orders
(Washington Post) — With his testimony before the D.C. Council looming, former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown made available copies of five money-order contributions he said he received from Howard L. Brooks, a campaign consultant to Mayor Vincent C. Gray. The money orders — made out to “Sulaimon Brown for Mayor” — total more than $600 and allegedly are a portion of payments Brown claims he received from Brooks and Lorraine A. Green, chairman of Gray’s campaign, to disparage then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty during last year’s elections. Brown, a long-shot candidate in last year’s race, alleges he was also promised a city job if Gray won. Brown made the documents available to The Washington Post after the newspaper found that Brown campaign records possibly listed three friends or relatives of the Brooks family as alleged contributors. Brown said the money orders contained signatures and addresses that his campaign tried to decipher when it recorded the contributions, but campaign finance reports show misspelled names and incomplete addresses.