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Brown bombs on ethics; Silverman edges Frumin

Only 2.5% of voters gave Michael Brown positive marks for his response on ethics this week on Let's Choose DC (a partnership of Greater Greater Washington, DCist, and PoPville). Elissa Silverman took the top spot in your judgment, with Matthew Frumin second.

We asked the candidates to give their positions on 6 ethics proposals:

  • Ban or limit outside employment
  • Eliminate or constrain constituent service funds
  • Ban corporate contributions to campaigns
  • Ban "bundling" from multiple entities controlled by same person
  • Ban contributions by contractors and/or lobbyists who do business with DC
  • Forbid free or discounted legal services, travel gifts, sports tickets for councilmembers
Silverman touted her work on Initiative 70 pushing to enshrine the third of these into law. She, Frumin, Patrick Mara, John Settles, and Michael Brown all also endorsed public financing of elections. Paul Zukerberg explicitly opposed it; while we don't know why voters chose as they did, perhaps most of you disagreed and that contributed to his 6th place finish.

Michael Brown, meanwhile, opposed banning outside employment and changes to constituent service funds. He also did not address the proposals involving monetary or in-kind campaign contributions. As a consequence, 47% of you said he did not answer the question while giving him the lowest finish of any candidate on any question thus far on Let's Choose DC.

This week, we're asking about school truancy. See the responses and vote now!

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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You've got a lot of nerve using the words "Michael Brown" and "ethics" in the same sentence. Shame on you.

by monkeyrotica on Feb 28, 2013 2:18 pm • linkreport

Don't worry about it, DAlpert. While you myopic twits are wasting your time on these little surveys, Michael A. Brown was busy lining up the big guns:

A group of prominent power players is hosting a fundraiser for Michael A. Brown’s D.C. Council campaign, giving some early indications of where the District’s political establishment might throw its support in the coming at-large special election.

Lobbyists David W. Wilmot and Bruce C. Bereano, real-estate developer Warren W. Williams Jr. and construction company owner Casey B. Stringer are co-hosting the March 7 event at Wilmot’s Colonial Village home.

Looks like the pay-for-play set is done comparison shopping the candidates and is ready to start investing.

by Dizzy on Feb 28, 2013 6:04 pm • linkreport

Truancy question is weird. Of course nobody wants to jail parents. This is a stunt by Catania to bring attention to the issue, not a serious policy solution that we should debate. Next question.

by Ward 1 Guy on Feb 28, 2013 6:23 pm • linkreport

After I cast my votes it asks me to click to receive the verification email - but the verification email never comes - so how do I know my votes are being counted?

If it matters my sign in works so I seem to have a functioning account.

by TomQ on Feb 28, 2013 11:47 pm • linkreport

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