D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray says he wants private donors to help cover the transition costs if he's elected mayor in November.
The plan was approved today by the council, but the details are sketchy.
In the past, the city paid for the entire transition. Last time, for example, the city spent about $250,000 on the transition.
Gray says letting private donors help pick up the tab makes economic sense.
"This was an effort to relieve the taxpayer of the responsibility of having to pay for this, given the fiscal conditions that we are operating under at this point," Gray says.
But the move raises a number of questions.
Will Gray let corporations and labor unions donate? The Obama campaign, for example, refused money from these groups for its transition team. How will Gray disclose the list of donors? How will city employees who are already on the governments payroll be compensated?
All questions that, at this point, have not been answered.