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WASHINGTON (AP) — An initiative to ban corporate donations to candidates for local office in the District of Columbia will not appear on the ballot this fall.

The D.C. Board of Elections said Wednesday that organizers had not collected enough valid signatures for the initiative to appear on the ballot. Organizers submitted more than 30,000 signatures, but the elections board said only 21,572 were valid. That’s more than 1,700 short of what was needed.

Organizer Bryan Weaver says the group will review the invalidated signatures and consider an appeal.

Supporters said the initiative would have made district politicians less beholden to moneyed interests. But detractors said it would have promoted a lack of transparency and opened the door to super political action committees in the district.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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