D.C. Campaign Finance Director Admonishes Barry

The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance director has admonished former Mayor Marion Barry for failing to disclose his relationship with a woman whom he helped award a $15,000 city contract.

In an order Friday, Cecily E. Collier-Montgomery said Barry adversely affected the public's confidence in the integrity of the city government. Her office said he didn't violate D.C. campaign finance reform and conflict-of-interest laws.

Collier-Montgomery she urged him to access resources on legal ethics and standards of conduct.

At a news conference Monday, Barry said the office did a thorough probe, which has vindicated him.

Barry's office awarded his former girlfriend, Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, a contract to draft a proposal for a youth program in southeast D.C.

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