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D.C. councilmember pushes for public financing

Wednesday - 9/19/2012, 5:15pm  ET

WASHINGTON - A D.C. councilmember who says more than $113,000 went missing from his campaign account this summer is pushing for public financing of political campaigns in the district.

Police are investigating what Councilmember Michael A. Brown calls a theft from his campaign account. Although no suspect has been named, Brown fired his treasurer, Hakim Sutton, after he discovered the missing money. Sutton's attorney says his client didn't steal.

On Wednesday, Brown introduced a bill calling for the district to study the prospect of publicly financed campaigns. He suggests a model similar to New York City, where small donations are matched with public funds.

Brown, an at-large independent, says he has advocated for public financing since he ran for office several years ago.

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