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Money Flows Into D.C. Mayoral Race From Across Country And World

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As the candidates running for mayor in D.C. raise campaign cash, money continues to pour in from outside of Washington.

Forty percent of the campaign cash reported by the candidates so far has come from outside D.C. Most of these donations are from neighboring Virginia and Maryland, but there are checks from a total of 38 states.

In fact, a $500 donation for mayoral candidate and former state department official Reta Jo Lewis lists an address in the city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The campaign for Reta Jo Lewis says that particular donor certified that they are were eligible to contribute. While this is all that is required under federal law, they say they are nonetheless undertaking a review of the donation.

The other three candidates, Council members Jack Evans, Tommy Wells, and Muriel Bowser all report donations outside D.C. as well.

What's also notable about the fundraising is the lack of it. So far a total of $1.8 million has been raised by the four candidates after two filing periods. At this same point during the 2010 race, $3.5 million had been raised by just one candidate, then-Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Current Mayor Vincent Gray, meanwhile, has yet to say whether he will run again.


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