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July 11, 2012 / Christian Clansky

Guilty Gray aide reveals $653,000 ‘shadow campaign’ [News, 7.11.12]

POLITICS | It looks like the Eugenia Harris corruption case we posted about yesterday is actually part of a much bigger scandal. Harris pleaded guilty to corruption and fraud charges – and also confirmed that she participated in a $653,000 “shadow campaign” of illegal spending to elect Vincent Gray with money from donor Jeffrey Thompson. U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said (WaPo, 7/11):

Today’s plea confirms the sad truth that many of us have long feared: that the 2010 mayoral election was corrupted by a massive infusion of cash that was illegally concealed from the voters of the District.

The Post is careful to point out that prosecutors have not accused Gray of having knowledge of the corruption. But that doesn’t change the fact that the election was undemocratic and unfair. So, now what?

The Washington Post has conducted a county-by-county analysis of elementary and middle school test scores in Maryland. The article highlights modest gains for both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. (WaPo, 7/11)

– Bill Turque published his final post for the D.C. Schools Insider today. Over the last few years, he has diligently covered all aspects of school reform in the District. Here’s an excerpt from his farewell (WaPo, 7/11):

The schools beat was more than an interesting job; it was a privilege. That’s what made the decision to leave after four years so difficult. People sometimes ask me whether Michelle Rhee’s departure made the story less compelling. My view is that while the post-Rhee days may lack the drama 2007-10, there remains no more important story in the District than the fate of public education.

Turque moves next to coverage of the presidential campaign.

NONPROFITS | A senior vice president for development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles talks to the Chronicle about the secret to managing a successful $1 billion capital campaign. She says, “You just try not to fail more than once at the same thing.” (Chronicle, 7/11) That’s what I’ve been saying all along!

HEALTH | Prince George’s County has confirmed former Kaiser Foundation Health Plan administrator Pamela Creekmur as its new health officer. (WaPo, 7/11)

UTILITY | After last week’s massive power outages, the District is considering two bills that would require power lines to be buried underground. (Examiner, 7/11)

If you’ve been tuned into pop culture over the last few months, you’ve probably heard the terrible (to be polite) song Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen. I can’t for the life of me figure out why it has amassed 150 million YouTube views, but the internet has been working on plenty of parodies of the song. I’ll let you search for those, but the cream of the crop has to be…

Cookie Monster singing Share It Maybe!

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