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COUNCILMAN JOE STERNLIEB

 

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Back when the ward 3 city council race was beginning, Joe Sternlieb had openly admitted to all the other ward 3 candidates that he was going to run for such but later on decided not to.

 

Joe Sternlieb admitted to most of the other ward 3 candidates that he had accumulated around $100,000.00 in political contributions and later on gave back all of that money to contributors except around $20k to $25k. See Page 17, In Re; Mary M. Cheh, OCF Inv. FI2007-101. We have evidence that Sternlieb accepted from contributors around $100,000.00 but there is no evidence that he ever gave it back.

 

This $20k to $25k seems to have been used by Sternlieb and his associates to print, mail out and distribute a handbill which OCF found that Mary Cheh was not able to explain and sanctioned her for it but suspended the sanction as a first time offender.

 

The question is, if Sternlieb began a campaign officially or otherwise, accepted political contributions from supporters, then why did he not file with the DC Office of Campaign Finance?

 

Would anybody care to call to the Office of the United States Attorney, DDC to ask them to looking into this $100,000.00 Sternliebs admits to having received as an unofficial political candidate where there is no evidence where that money went.

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Where is this evidence?

 

The report you cites states, "the group, plus a broader group of others, had committed about $100,000.00 for his campaign, but it would not be as much for another candidate because the candidate was not as well known, or respected. Nonetheless, it would be a significant amount of money in the $20,000.00 to $25,000.00" (range).

 

The operative word there is "committed". There is no statement of actual monies changing hands. Unless you are privy to Mr. Sternlieb's bank account, or have testimony from someone who actually gave Sternlieb money, then this is once again a case of Jonathan Rees twisting and fabricating to suit his needs.

 

B. Frank

 

COUNCILMAN JOE STERNLIEB

 

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Back when the ward 3 city council race was beginning, Joe Sternlieb had openly admitted to all the other ward 3 candidates that he was going to run for such but later on decided not to.

 

Joe Sternlieb admitted to most of the other ward 3 candidates that he had accumulated around $100,000.00 in political contributions and later on gave back all of that money to contributors except around $20k to $25k. See Page 17, In Re; Mary M. Cheh, OCF Inv. FI2007-101. We have evidence that Sternlieb accepted from contributors around $100,000.00 but there is no evidence that he ever gave it back.

 

This $20k to $25k seems to have been used by Sternlieb and his associates to print, mail out and distribute a handbill which OCF found that Mary Cheh was not able to explain and sanctioned her for it but suspended the sanction as a first time offender.

 

The question is, if Sternlieb began a campaign officially or otherwise, accepted political contributions from supporters, then why did he not file with the DC Office of Campaign Finance?

 

Would anybody care to call to the Office of the United States Attorney, DDC to ask them to looking into this $100,000.00 Sternliebs admits to having received as an unofficial political candidate where there is no evidence where that money went.

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BFrankdc,

 

When the DC Office of Campaign Financed interview Robert Gordon, Bill Rice and Cathy Wiss, these three stated that both Emily DeCiccio and Joe Sternlieb had stated such to them when they were being interviewed for the group's endorsement.

 

Here is what Gordon said in the summary transcript to OCF:

 

Summary of Interview of Robert Gordon, 2006 Candidate for Ward 3 Council

 

On March 23, 2007, OCF interviewed Robert Gordon (Gordon), 2006 candidate for Ward 3 Council. Gordon appeared pro se. Gordon stated that he was contacted by Joseph Sternlieb via e-mail on March 30, 2006, which identified the group as “Ward 3 Action” asking to meet with him (TR, p. 8). Gordon provided a copy of the e-mail (Group Exhibit 9). Gordon continued that Sternlieb informed him that the group had met a couple of times and consisted of approximately 20 members, but it seemed like there were a lot more people in the group (TR, p. 9). Gordon additionally stated that he was contacted by Anne-Marie Bairstow via e-mail to arrange the interview he attended on April 5, 2006. He also stated that Sternlieb’s wife, Linda Singer, was in attendance during his interview (TR, pp. 9, 10). Gordon stated that he recalled that Andrew Aurbach, Anne-Marie Bairstow, Rosalyn Doggett, Norman Dong, Aviva Kempner, Joe Sternlieb and Barbara Wolfson were members of the group that interviewed him.

 

Gordon further stated that the interview lasted approximately one hour (TR, p. 12). He also stated that Bairstow appeared to be leader of the group, but he believed that Sternlieb was the key person in the group and that he was clearly the leader of the group because a lot of the contacts were through him (TR, pp. 14, 15).

 

Gordon stated that he did not receive the groups’ decision until he telephoned Sternlieb and was informed that they were supporting Cheh. He also stated that according to Sternlieb, the group was initially formed to support Sternlieb’s candidacy but when he decided not to run they decided to use the group to support another candidate. Gordon stated that Sternlieb told him that the group would bring in lots of votes, political support, resources and money.

 

Gordon also stated that Sternlieb additionally said that the group, plus a broader group of others, had committed about $100,000.00 for his campaign, but it would not be as much for another candidate because the candidate was not as well known, or respected. Nonetheless, it would be a significant amount of money in the $20,000.00 to $25,000.00 range (TR, pp. 17, 18). Gordon further stated that it was his impression that there were a lot of people out there who were prepared to give at the group’s direction; and, that the lucky person who got the nod from this group would be the one who would be the recipient of that money. Gordon stated that during his campaign he did not encounter any other organized group like Ward 3 Action that had a questionnaire to fill out and interviews, except union and environmental groups.

 

He continued that he found Ward 3 Action to be organized and focused with the specific goal of picking a candidate from a field of many candidates and back that candidate.

 

Gordon further stated that it was clear to him that the group was in favor of greater development along the Wisconsin Avenue corridor based upon the questions he was asked when they interviewed him (TR, p. 27).

Where is this evidence?

 

The report you cites states, "the group, plus a broader group of others, had committed about $100,000.00 for his campaign, but it would not be as much for another candidate because the candidate was not as well known, or respected. Nonetheless, it would be a significant amount of money in the $20,000.00 to $25,000.00" (range).

 

The operative word there is "committed". There is no statement of actual monies changing hands. Unless you are privy to Mr. Sternlieb's bank account, or have testimony from someone who actually gave Sternlieb money, then this is once again a case of Jonathan Rees twisting and fabricating to suit his needs.

 

B. Frank

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Thanks for reposting what I had already excerpted. Robert Gordon, according to the report, said that funds had been "committed". As I, a political layman, read the term "committed", it means to me that it is promised or pledged, but not yet actually transacted.

 

Thus, once again, I ask, do you have testimony from anyone who had actually GIVEN monies to this effort, or in the alternative, do you have access to Sternlieb's bank account such that you have proof of receipt of monies, or is this yet again, another exaggeration and false claim on your part?

 

B. Frank

 

BFrankdc,

 

When the DC Office of Campaign Financed interview Robert Gordon, Bill Rice and Cathy Wiss, these three stated that both Emily DeCiccio and Joe Sternlieb had stated such to them when they were being interviewed for the group's endorsement.

 

Here is what Gordon said in the summary transcript to OCF:

 

Summary of Interview of Robert Gordon, 2006 Candidate for Ward 3 Council

 

On March 23, 2007, OCF interviewed Robert Gordon (Gordon), 2006 candidate for Ward 3 Council. Gordon appeared pro se. Gordon stated that he was contacted by Joseph Sternlieb via e-mail on March 30, 2006, which identified the group as “Ward 3 Action” asking to meet with him (TR, p. 8). Gordon provided a copy of the e-mail (Group Exhibit 9). Gordon continued that Sternlieb informed him that the group had met a couple of times and consisted of approximately 20 members, but it seemed like there were a lot more people in the group (TR, p. 9). Gordon additionally stated that he was contacted by Anne-Marie Bairstow via e-mail to arrange the interview he attended on April 5, 2006. He also stated that Sternlieb’s wife, Linda Singer, was in attendance during his interview (TR, pp. 9, 10). Gordon stated that he recalled that Andrew Aurbach, Anne-Marie Bairstow, Rosalyn Doggett, Norman Dong, Aviva Kempner, Joe Sternlieb and Barbara Wolfson were members of the group that interviewed him.

 

Gordon further stated that the interview lasted approximately one hour (TR, p. 12). He also stated that Bairstow appeared to be leader of the group, but he believed that Sternlieb was the key person in the group and that he was clearly the leader of the group because a lot of the contacts were through him (TR, pp. 14, 15).

 

Gordon stated that he did not receive the groups’ decision until he telephoned Sternlieb and was informed that they were supporting Cheh. He also stated that according to Sternlieb, the group was initially formed to support Sternlieb’s candidacy but when he decided not to run they decided to use the group to support another candidate. Gordon stated that Sternlieb told him that the group would bring in lots of votes, political support, resources and money.

 

Gordon also stated that Sternlieb additionally said that the group, plus a broader group of others, had committed about $100,000.00 for his campaign, but it would not be as much for another candidate because the candidate was not as well known, or respected. Nonetheless, it would be a significant amount of money in the $20,000.00 to $25,000.00 range (TR, pp. 17, 18). Gordon further stated that it was his impression that there were a lot of people out there who were prepared to give at the group’s direction; and, that the lucky person who got the nod from this group would be the one who would be the recipient of that money. Gordon stated that during his campaign he did not encounter any other organized group like Ward 3 Action that had a questionnaire to fill out and interviews, except union and environmental groups.

 

He continued that he found Ward 3 Action to be organized and focused with the specific goal of picking a candidate from a field of many candidates and back that candidate.

 

Gordon further stated that it was clear to him that the group was in favor of greater development along the Wisconsin Avenue corridor based upon the questions he was asked when they interviewed him (TR, p. 27).

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Bfrankdc,

 

If you take a trip down to the office of the DC OCF and buy a full copy of the report not the short version then you will get to read where Bill Rice, Cathy Wiss and another stated that Sternlieb told them that he had in fact received said monies but gave it back.

 

As far as I am concerned, this could constitute checks never cashed.

 

Emily DeCeccio told me that some within her group had already given Sternlieb money to encourage a run but she never said who or how much.

 

 

Thanks for reposting what I had already excerpted. Robert Gordon, according to the report, said that funds had been "committed". As I, a political layman, read the term "committed", it means to me that it is promised or pledged, but not yet actually transacted.

 

Thus, once again, I ask, do you have testimony from anyone who had actually GIVEN monies to this effort, or in the alternative, do you have access to Sternlieb's bank account such that you have proof of receipt of monies, or is this yet again, another exaggeration and false claim on your part?

 

B. Frank

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So your answer is no, I do not have any evidence to support the wild accusations I have been making in this forum and elsewhere.

 

Requesting that one goes to OCF to get the full report is a pile of BS, and since you are a BS artsist, it fits perfectly.

 

Thanks,

 

B. Frank

 

Bfrankdc,

 

If you take a trip down to the office of the DC OCF and buy a full copy of the report not the short version then you will get to read where Bill Rice, Cathy Wiss and another stated that Sternlieb told them that he had in fact received said monies but gave it back.

 

As far as I am concerned, this could constitute checks never cashed.

 

Emily DeCeccio told me that some within her group had already given Sternlieb money to encourage a run but she never said who or how much.

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No BS. The DC OCF makes clear what they wrote is an excerpt not the entire testimony given.

 

If I knew who you were, I'd be happy to meet you and hand you a copy of the full testimony of each person who appeared before the DC OCF.

 

 

So your answer is no, I do not have any evidence to support the wild accusations I have been making in this forum and elsewhere.

 

Requesting that one goes to OCF to get the full report is a pile of BS, and since you are a BS artsist, it fits perfectly.

 

Thanks,

 

B. Frank

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