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Vincent Gray, mayor of Washington, D.C., unveils proposal to change current campaign funding practices

10:26 PM, Aug 28, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON,D.C. (WUSA) - D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign is under federal investigation. Three staffers are awaiting sentencing after taking guilty pleas. Mayor Gray is taking his attorney's advice and refusing any new comment on the probe. But on Tuesday, Gray  unveiled a major proposal that would prohibit a lot of the current campaign funding practices. 

The bill would end the pay to play practice by local corporations doing business with the city. Anyone with a contract or grant valued at $250,000 or more would be banned from contributing to a campaign.

Lobbyists would no longer be allowed to bundle contributions:

Money orders would be treated like cash with a $25 limit and candidates would be more accountable for what their committees do.
The Gray administration admits there's added pressure because of a federal probe that has targeted the Mayor's campaign and perhaps the Mayor himself.

Watchdog groups are split on the chances the mayor's reform biill will become law-- and whether Mayor Gray has the credibility needed to see it through when three of his own campaign staffers have pleaded guilty to felonies for their efforts to get Gray elected.

The bill goes to the Council next month when members return from summer recess.

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