WASHINGTON -- The Government Finance Officers Association gave qualified support yesterday to a proposed rule that would crack down on political contributions by municipal dealers, but the National League of Cities blasted the plan as a "quick fix" that will not work.

The groups made their remarks in written comments filed with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board on a two-part rule that the board proposed on Aug. 30. The proposal came in the wake of widening reports of influence peddling activities in New Jersey and other states this year.

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