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Marion Barry Fined And Censured By D.C.'s Ethics Board Over Gifts From Contractors

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WASHINGTON, DC MARCH 2: DC Councilman Marion Barry responds after losing his committeeship and being censured following a unanimous vote by council members today in Washington, DC on March 2, 2010. The former DC Mayor has admitted to wrongly awarding a city contract to a then girlfriend. Photo by Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via Getty Images). | Getty

WASHINGTON -- D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry has been censured by the city's ethics board and fined $13,600 for accepting cash gifts from two city contractors.

The board concluded Thursday that Barry had violated the council's code of conduct when he took a total of $6,800 from two construction companies that have done business with the city. The owner of one of the companies said he gave Barry $2,800 to help pay his bills.

Barry reported the gifts on his financial disclosure statements, but didn't inform the council chairman as required or recuse himself from matters involving the companies.

In a statement, the former four-term mayor called the settlement fair and said he had intended to follow all laws.

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