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D.C. Mayor Defends PAC Created to Support Her Agenda

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    Bad politics. That’s what one district council member is calling Mayor Muriel Bowser’s effort to help raise a million dollars to bankroll a private political group supporting her. But the mayor tells News4’s Tom Sherwood she and the political group are doing nothing wrong. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015)

    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser returned from a four-day trip to London to criticism over a new, independent political action committee that says it intends to raise $1 million from city businesses and individuals to support her policies and oppose her political opponents.

    “The whole thing strikes me as so bad politics,” Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh. “It seems immoral. ... It's like a shakedown, really.”

    The Washington Post editorial page -- normally a big booster for Bowser -- denounced FreshPAC this week and called for it to be disbanded. An editorial cartoon lampooned Bowser's cash haul for the PAC.

    Bowser stands by the new PAC's fund raising.

    PAC Created to Fund Mayor Bowser's Agenda Criticized

    [DC] PAC Created to Fund Mayor Bowser's Agenda Criticized
    A group created solely to raise money for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is coming under fire. As Tom Sherwood reports, there's concern the money will not only support Bowser but will be used to target her opponents. (Published Monday, Oct. 19, 2015)

    “There are many registered PACs in our city,” she told News4.

    But this is the first PAC formed specifically for a mayor. Bowser said the PAC is following the law and not targeting incumbent council members.

    “That's just my record,” she said. “So this notion that people are being targeted is just not true.”

    Seven members of the D.C. Council are moving to close the loophole that allows PACs to raise unlimited money, but it's unclear when it will come up for a vote.