WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia's Office of Campaign Finance and Ethics has cleared Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly of conflict of interest charges stemming from her acceptance of $2,878 in speaking and hotel fees from Municipal Bond Investors Assurance Corp., which insured two recent city bond deals.

The campaign and ethics office said Wednesday it would not seek civil penalties or other sanctions in connection with last fall's payment, prompting Mayor Kelly to say she is "very pleased this matter is now considered closed."

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