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D.C. campaign finance office clears Gray of wrongdoing

The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance has cleared Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) of wrongdoing for his decision to allow a company owned by friend and mega developer William C. Smith to perform improvements at his home, according to a ruling released this afternoon.

The office, part of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, also ruled that Gray did not violate election law when he used his official council stationery to solicit a contribution from Comcast for the D.C. Democratic Committee. The board said Gray's solicitation was designed to raise money for the District's push to secure voting rights, not for partisan politics.

Gray announced last week that he plans to challenge Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) in the September Democratic primary. In that race, both candidates' personality and ethics are expected to be key points of debate.

-- Tim Craig

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 7, 2010; 4:52 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, D.C. office clears Gray of wrongdoing, campaign finance, vincent gray cleared  
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At least he's starting off his campaign better then

Posted by: cbmuzik | April 7, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

WEll Fenty can't use that! When can I get my yard sign? As a matter of fact I need a bunch of them. I know a lot of yards that will say yes the minute they see me with them.

Posted by: candycane1 | April 7, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Fenty and some of his minions were out at Pennsylvania and Minnesota Avenues this morning waving Fenty signs. Most drivers passing by were giving him (them) a thumbs down, even those with Maryland tags. Loved it!!

Posted by: schooletal | April 7, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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