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Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 03/22/2012

DeMorning Links: The shadow campaign

Mayor Vincent C. Gray on the night of his primary victory. (Jahi Chikwendiu - WASHINGTON POST)
Nikita Stewart reports in today’s Post that the federal investigation into campaign finance and Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 election has taken a more serious turn. What appeared to be a probe focused on illicit cash and money orders and potential “straw donors” is now looking at an alleged off-the-books “shadow campaign” said to have been run by a controversial Gray associate. And there is a link between the shadow campaign and businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson’s funding network. In comments at a Wednesday news conference, Gray expressed support for campaign finance reform generally but declined to discuss specifics.

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How Yvette Alexander’s vote against medical marijuana hurts business in her ward more than it helps (Housing Complex)

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Behold the new Fort Totten (DCmud)

Dan Snyder and Mike Shanahan love Hooters (Deadspin)

Longtime Superior Court aide named to the bench (Legal Times)

Parks and rec department gears up for summer (WJLA-TV)

Why no condom dispensers in GWU dorms? (Blade)

Congrats to Kavitha Cardoza on her education reporting award (WAMU-FM)

Behold the “Martha Stewart front porch” (Curbed)

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