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Gray: Broad campaign finance reform may be needed

Wednesday - 3/21/2012, 1:40pm  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray says it's time to consider comprehensive changes to the way political campaigns are funded in the District.

Gray's comments Wednesday come as federal investigators are looking into campaign finance in the district. Several elected officials have received grand jury subpoenas for records related to Jeffrey Thompson, a prominent political donor who gave large sums to Gray's 2010 campaign. Thompson has not been accused of wrongdoing.

Gray says "issues have been raised" about a number of campaigns and it's time to consider whether changes are necessary. He says proposals like a ban on corporate donations or money order contributions greater than $25 should be folded into a broad package of reforms if appropriate.

Gray also says the district's Office of Campaign Finance may be understaffed.

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