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Senate majority leader practices politics of personal destruction
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D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Wednesday that it is time to take a "broad look" at staffing levels in the Office of Campaign Finance and the laws that govern political contributions to city races.
The law governing how D.C. Council members can spend money collected in "constituent service funds" is written so broadly that more than 60 percent of the 11,000-plus expenditures they have made in the past decade are classified in public records simply as "other."
D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown was a no-show Monday at a hearing seeking answers from his 2008 re-election campaign as to why it failed to report numerous transactions and maintain proper records.
"It does not reset," said Wesley Williams, spokesman of the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance. "If you contribute the maximum leading up to the primary, you are done. You don't have a clean slate."
"He's the only one," Mr. Williams said, when asked if any others had failed to file.