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.
“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.