This week’s edition includes a promising soccer player, a mayor’s dirty past, liquor laws, and leaking gas lines.
Rooting for the home team
According to a Washington Post investigation, Mayor Vincent Gray accepted illegal cash donations during the last mayoral election.
Gray received several cash donations above the legal limit of $25. In addition, Gray’s campaign staff would exchange the cash for money orders, a type of donation that carried a higher limit. These money orders total more than $5000.
The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance is investigating the matter and stated that “any individual or political committee in violation of city campaign rules could face a fine of up to $5000 and six months in prison. Anyone who ‘knowingly’ misleads or files misleading reports can be fined up to $10,000 and receive a five- year prison term.”