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Cheh to introduce emergency legislation on campaign money order limit

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There is no time to waste when it comes to campaign finance reform. That's the message from D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh.

Cheh will introduce emergency legislation on Tuesday to limit all money orders given to campaigns to $25. Under this proposed plan, money orders will be treated the same as cash.

Money orders are hard to track back to the person who purchased them. Cheh says they have been used in the past to launder money.

Cheh was to first propose campaign reform legislation earlier this year and a number of councilmembers supported her plan. Cheh moved forward with the plan after federal investigators started to collect information about money orders from a number of local campaigns.

But now it appears D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will not support Cheh's emergency legislation as it stands.

"My own view is restricting money orders to $25 is unreasonable," said Mendelson.

Mendelson said he felt more comfortable with a $100 limit.

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