- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser says she agrees with the decision made by her supporters to shut down a political-action committee that sought to promote her agenda.

Bowser told reporters in a conference call from China on Friday that FreshPAC had become a distraction. That was the reason cited by treasurer Ben Soto for shutting down the committee.

FreshPAC had raised $340,000, with a goal of $1 million. Its founders took advantage of a law that allows political-action committees to accept unlimited contributions during non-election years. The committee received $10,000 donations from people who do business with the city or are seeking city business. That led critics to call it pay-to-play politics.

Bowser, a Democrat, says the appearance of impropriety was taking away from her administration’s “important work.”

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