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A transit advocacy group is trying to get documents related to the law firm the Town of Chevy Chase hired to fight the construction of the Purple Line through the town.

The Action Committee for Transit, a group that supports building the Purple Line, says it has requested the contract, invoices and correspondence between the Town of Chevy Chase and Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, the law firm the town hired to help it oppose construction of the light rail line.

Ben Ross, a nonvoting board member and former president of the Action Committee for Transit, or ACT, said the organization wants to pin down whether the law firm is lobbying Congress on behalf of the town.

Mayor Pat Burda told The Washington Post in January that the town is not lobbying Congress, because the Federal Transit Administration recommends projects for federal construction money. ACT points to a congressional lobbying disclosure report filed by the law firm listing the town as a client, however.

“One thing we’re going to see is what the invoices say has been done for this money,” Ross said.

Town Manager Todd Hoffman was not immediately available for comment Tuesday afternoon.

The Town Council is expected to vote Feb. 12 on whether to give the firm a $360,000, 18-month contract.

ewaibel@gazette.net