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D.C. Council to Debate Emergency Legislation on Campaign Finance Reform

Washington Post

D.C. Council member Kenyan R. McDuffie said he will introduce emergency legislation to bar contributions to political action committees during non-election years in an effort to close what some view as a major campaign finance loophole before the start of 2017.

“It’s important that we address the issue as soon as possible, before Jan. 1,” McDuffie (D-Ward 5) said. “There’s a lot of support for it from what we’ve seen from the public in general.”[...]

Separate research compiled by Demos, a liberal public-policy organization, found that campaign contributions during the 2014 election disproportionately represented rich white donors: 59 percent of contributors to council campaigns earn more than $100,000 a year, compared with a quarter of D.C.’s overall population. And about two-thirds of donors are white, while the city’s white population is 37 percent.[...]