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      D.C. ban on money order campaign contributions proposed by Cheh

      Mary Cheh is proposing new a campaiogn financne regulation. (Photo courtesy Mary Cheh)

      WASHINGTON (AP) - A D.C. councilmember is introducing emergency legislation to ban money-order campaign contributions greater than $25.

      Councilmember Mary Cheh says she's disappointed that the council has failed to enact comprehensive campaign finance reform. But she says an emergency bill would allow large money order contributions to be banned in time for the upcoming special election for an at-large council seat.

      Cheh says fraudulent money orders have played a major role in recent campaign-finance scandals. She says money-order contributions should be limited to $25, which is the maximum cash contribution.

      Two aides to Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign have pleaded guilty to making illicit money-order contributions to another candidate.

      Donors linked to Jeffrey Thompson, a businessman who's at the center of a corruption probe, have given money orders to Gray and others.