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February 25, 2010; Washington Post | An investigation into allegations of shady dealings by former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry—accused of personally benefiting from grant funds funneled to social service agencies—has now cost one of his allies the top post at a nonprofit. The Rev. Anthony J. Motley was forced to step down earlier this week as president and executive director of the JOBS Coalition. The JOBS Coalition was among those agencies that received what investigators are calling questionable earmarks from Barry, who now serves on the D.C. City Council. The Washington Post reports that an investigation found that Motley—who held positions as executive director and project director of the JOBS Coalition; executive director and project director of another nonprofit group, Inner Thoughts; and fiscal agent for other nonprofits through Inner Thoughts—personally received about $54,000 from the earmarks meant for these various groups. The paper also said that the investigation found that the money received by all the organizations “was often commingled as if it were one pool of money, and Motley, as the fiscal agent, at one point paid himself $14,550 in fees.” In his defense, Motley blamed investigators for not understanding how nonprofits operate. Speaking at a news conference, he said, “First, they have attempted to characterize most of what they have reported in sensational tones and references like ‘steering,’ ‘political supporters,’ ‘friends’ and ‘manufacturing.’ These terms lend themselves to imply that from the beginning there is something wrong with the process, relationship or situation they are investigating.” Motley can only hope his on-the-JOBS training will help him in his search for a new job. And maybe only one job will be enough this time.—Bruce Trachtenberg