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Activist Seeks Probe of Gray Campaign Spending



    A civic activist is asking District of Columbia campaign finance officials to investigate more than $100,000 in payments to the treasurer of Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign.

    The complaint filed last week by Marie Drissel said it's highly unusual for a campaign treasurer to be paid so much. Drissel notes that treasurer Betty Brown had a full-time job at Howard University and has little to no experience working on campaigns.

    A spokesman for the Office of Campaign Finance said the complaint is under review.

    Gray's campaign is the subject of a federal investigation. Two aides have pleaded guilty to funneling payments to a minor mayoral candidate in exchange for his negative comments about then-Mayor Adrian Fenty.

    Investigators are also looking into businessman Jeffrey Thompson and his ties to District politicians.