Peter A. Ross
|Peter A. Ross|
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In addition to running for local office with largely self-financed campaigns, Ross has been a frequent contributor to local D.C. political candidates. The campaign disclosures forms list his occupation as "independent consultant" or as employed by the "Foxhall Community Citizens Association" - an organization for which Ross is an unpaid volunteer at-large board member and donor.
In 2012, Ross is running for Shadow Senator in the District of Columbia.
As part of his 2012 campaign for Shadow Senator in the District of Columbia, Ross was arrested for civil disobedience at a voting rights protest. Other protestors were given probation while Ross was sentenced to one day of jail time for blocking traffic. Ross had personally requested he be sentenced to the maximum 90 days for his crime in what some characterized as a political and publicity ploy.
In 2007 he paid fines and served 90 days for tax evasion. The U.S. Department of Justice found Ross guilty on federal tax charge for filing false returns and failing to pay more than $200,000 in employment taxes associated with his furniture business Spectrum, Ltd. He addressed this conviction in his 2012 campaign noting to the Washington Post that he had "learned his lesson about past bad judgment."
- Spectrum Ltd, "Contact us," accessed March 2012
- District of Columbia Office of Campaign Finance, "Pannell for Senator 2009 disclosure form," August 2006
- District of Columbia Office of Campaign Finance, "Patterson Committee 2006 disclosure form," August 2006
- Foxhall Newsletter, "FCCA News, Foxhall Newsletter," June 2011
- DCist, "D.C. Shadow Senator hopeful gets wish of jail time," March 15, 2012
- U.S. Federal News Service, "President of furniture company pled guilty to tax evasion," March 6, 2007
- Washington Post, "DC Shadow Senate hopeful failed to pay federal taxes," February 17, 2012