Fines wouldn’t be enough
The April 17 Metro article “Funds in runs for council unclear” detailed D.C. Council member Brandon T. Todd’s (D-Ward 4) alleged violations of campaign finance rules — from failing to disclose who gave him thousands of dollars in contributions to allegedly personally profiting from his campaign via credit card points. The article said the general counsel would be looking into these illicit activities for “possible fines.” This simply isn’t a strong enough response to prevent Mr. Todd or others from engaging in these same improprieties in the future.
His goal was to get elected, and, allegedly by skirting election rules, he succeeded. The consequence for so egregiously violating campaign finance regulations in a city that has struggled with transparency and corruption should be severe enough to dissuade anyone from committing the violations. In track, if you are found to have used supplements to cheat, your medal is stripped. If you break recruiting rules in the NCAA, your wins are vacated. Our elections should have at least as harsh of consequences for breaking the rules as our sports. If these allegations are true, Mr. Todd should be recalled from office and replaced. Andrew Gall, Washington