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Until earlier this year, Mr. Crawford, who has property interests throughout the city, had leased office space to Ms. Alexander for her use as a campaign headquarters and as an office for her constituent-services fund. But after her phone was cut off for unpaid bills, and after it was revealed by The Times that Ms. Alexander spent less than 5 percent of the more than $120,000 she raised since 2007 to help constituents with urgent needs such as funeral expenses, rent and utilities, a group of Ward 7 residents asked for an investigation.

The Office of Campaign Finance opened an investigation in April. Ms. Alexander has insisted she will continue to do the “real work of Ward 7.”