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Money — whether donated by or on behalf of Mr. Thompson and other wealthy individuals — did not in and of itself corrupt anybody.

The corruption, whenever and wherever found, was carried out by individuals who crossed the double-yellow line.

And that line, by the way, is what D.C. voters should stay focused on, because banning corporate donations won’t stop special interests, however large or small, from yapping with candidates and trying to sway elected officials.

The future of Mr. Wells stands as a shining example.

A Democrat and former school board member in the middle of his second four-year term on the council, Mr. Wells is considering a run for mayor. He is a vocal supporter of Initiative 70 and knows that corporations, LLCs and small firms are already jockeying to position themselves for the current D.C. Council chairman’s race as well as critical elections in 2014, such as the mayor’s race and the first-ever D.C. attorney general campaign.

So get this: The Wells-for-mayor team has said it is trying to shore up $2.5 million, and as things currently stand on the legal side of the equation, that money can come in packages large and small.

Initiative 70 would change all of that — but not before the Wells camp runs to the bank.

How’s that for peddling before a hard uphill climb?

Deborah Simmons can be reached at