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DC Council Votes to Reprimand Graham

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Jim Graham was reprimanded by the D.C. Council Monday for ethics violations. Tom Sherwood reports.

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The D.C. Council voted to reprimand Councilmember Jim Graham for his role in a lottery contract scandal.

The 13-member council voted 11-2 on a resolution disapproving of Graham's conduct related to the contract, with Graham and Councilmember Marion Barry voting against the resolution.

Multiple investigations found that in 2008, Graham told a developer that he would support his bid for the lottery contract in exchange for the developer dropping out of a project around a Metro station. Graham served on the Metro board at the time. He disputes the findings.

A reprimand is the least serious action the council can take against a member. It must be approved by a simple majority and carries no punishment. Barry was censured in 2010, which is more serious.

Graham told News4's Tom Sherwood that he will not fight the reprimand.

He said he has “serious business to attend to” as the Ward 1 council member and as chairman of the council’s human services committee.

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