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Auditor seeks D.C. inspector general’s probe of Citizens’ Advisory Council chair

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Ms. Smith-Steiner resigned as the group’s treasurer in a letter on May 11, citing violations of the bylaws and interference by Mr. Brannum, and the “illegal financial activities” and “unethical behavior” of the group.

In her resignation letter she wrote that Mr. Brannum had accessed the group’s bank account without her knowledge in violation of the bylaws, and had been intercepting mail from the group’s post office box, forcing her to close the group’s bank account.

The Times was unable to determine the financial status of the group, whose online donation form lists a phone number for Mr. Brannum, and whose website directs treasurer inquiries to Mr. Brannum’s email account.

Ms. Smith-Steiner said Mr. Brannum’s control over the group was a point of concern for her. In her resignation letter, she noted that she was not supported by the group’s board of directors in her efforts to reform the group’s financial practices.

“It was also quite apparent that the majority of the members had organized to thwart my attempts to hold accountable the Chairperson, Robert Brannum, on his illegal financial activities with this organization,” she wrote.

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