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Muriel Bowser‘s FreshPAC political action committee has deep pockets, but now it has trouble to match. Bowser’s allies on the Post ed board want her to shut it down, and a slim majority of the D.C. Council backs legislation to stop FreshPAC from taking unlimited contributions.
Now comes more evidence that there’s not much distance between Bowser’s affiliated PAC and her favored candidates: the PAC and a councilmember likely to receive help from it share the same treasurer.
Running to fill Bowser’s Ward 4 D.C. Council seat last year, Brandon Todd had Bowser’s blessing and her donors. But his 2016 re-election campaign committee has some more help from the mayor’s camp: FreshPAC treasurer Ben Soto as his own campaign treasurer.
Since FreshPAC isn’t spending money yet to help elect Todd—-and has agreed not to support any candidates this year—-this arrangement isn’t illegal yet.
“We are very sensitive to the appearance issues involved here and will be looking into the best ways to address those, in full compliance with the laws, going forward,” Soto writes in an email.
Soto tells LL he hasn’t decided yet whether he’ll have to choose between handling the finances for Todd’s campaign or FreshPAC next year. A spokesman for Todd declined to comment.
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