[UPDATE 5/17]: Dorothy Brizill reports in The Mail that Moten and Peacoholics cofounder Juahar Abraham "brought a large number of young people" to the Ward 8 Democrats Mayoral Election Straw Poll held Saturday. "Although most of these young people were not registered voters prior to the forum, the insisted on being allowed to register at the forum and to cast challenged ballots. Outside the church, the young people bragged about how they had been paid $100 to attend the forum." In the initial tabulation, Gray received 59 votes to Fenty's 49. After the challenged ballots were added, the result flipped to Fenty 69, Gray 61.
Peacoholics reportedly received $8 million from the DC government during the Fenty Administration, even more than the $4.5 million documented here. The DC Council, chaired by Gray, finally cut off the faucet (spurred by an investigation related to Marion Barry's earmarks to organizations that he set up and to a girlfriend). That ultimately led to a downsizing of Peacoholics. Ah, dirty politics at its worst.