D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has responded in a written statement to today’s Washington Post story alleging irregular donations to his 2010 mayoral campaign:
The story published in today’s Post raises serious questions about my mayoral campaign. I regret that unresolved issues from the campaign continue to surface.
The campaign has been under investigation — an investigation for which I called as soon as allegations of improprieties were made several months ago — and I cannot comment on specific matters.
Last year, we mounted a grass-roots mayoral campaign and won within a brief six-month time frame. The schedule was very tight, and I had to trust people to properly carry out the duties for which they were responsible. But obviously, if mistakes were made, the campaign should be held accountable.
As the investigations of the mayoral campaign continue, neither I nor my administration will be distracted from continuing the important work we are mandated to do for the residents of the District of Columbia.
The Gray administration is working diligently and at full strength in moving my agenda forward, and in no way are we distracted by the ongoing investigation of a campaign that ended more than eight months ago.
According to the story, “The Post found several instances of cash donations that exceeded the city’s $25 limit. Gray campaign workers then improperly exchanged that cash for money orders, which carry a higher donation limit. The campaign officially reported the money-order donations and not the cash, The Post found.”