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The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance (OCF) has opened an investigation into the use of constituent-services funds by Ward 7 Democrat Yvette Alexander, according to a resident who filed a complaint this month.
A group of Ward 7 residents has asked the District's Office of Campaign Finance to investigate D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander's use of constituent service funds to determine if she violated fundraising and conflict of interest laws.
A D.C. Council member who represents some of the city's poorest households has spent less than 5 percent of the money she has raised since 2007 to help constituents with urgent needs, such as funeral expenses, rent and utilities, a review of campaign finance records shows.
Yvette Alexander has stood alone in recent years among the District's 13 council members in her decision to pay for a constituent services office in Southeast - an office that by law the city government is required to provide free of charge to any member who requests it.
D.C. mayoral candidate Vincent C. Gray prides himself on loyalty and longevity in his relationships, relying for advice on a small cadre of confidants and friends who are also established figures in D.C. politics.
Mr. Crawford told The Times in March that he charged Ms. Alexander $1,200 a month during campaign season and $950 a month when she used the space as a constituent-service office.
Last month, Mr. Crawford told The Times he charged Ms. Alexander $1,200 a month when she used the office for campaign purposes, and $950 a month when she used it as a constituent service office.