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D.C. Activists Push For Campaign Finance Reform

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D.C. resident Bryan Weaver is leading the charge to ban corporate contributions to political campaigns in the District.
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D.C. resident Bryan Weaver is leading the charge to ban corporate contributions to political campaigns in the District.

The movement to ban corporate donations for D.C. candidates running for council and mayor, cleared a major hurdle Tuesday. Activists from the group D.C. Public Trust needed 23,000 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot this November. They turned in more than 30,000 signatures.

This movement emerged in response to the series of corruption scandals at City Hall.

"I think we've seen a crisis of confidence in the Wilson Building. There's just been so many small scandals," Bryan Weaver, a D.C. resident to helped spearhead this effort said. "This is a way to try to put your finger in this hole."

Most members of the D.C. Council have not endorsed the plan. The Gray Administration hasn't been shy with it's criticisms. Irvin B. Nathan, attorney general for the District, said this movement is too blunt in the approach for campaign finance reform and called it a 'meat acts approach.'

"He says meat acts, but I view it as Civil War surgery," Weaver said. "I really sort of view this as a way to save the patient."

Although the activists made a significant achievement, the signatures still need to be vetted by the city's election board, a process that could take weeks.

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