DeMaio for Mayor Campaign Website Accepting Donations - Illegally?
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
San Diego Union-Tribune
By Craig Gustafson
May 31, 2011
It didn’t take long for a labor group and City Councilman Carl DeMaio to mix it up as he begins running for San Diego mayor.
The San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council accused DeMaio of violating the city’s ethics and fundraising laws after a campaign website he created accepted a $5 credit card donation Tuesday from a union employee.
DeMaio’s campaign said the donation was made to a beta version of the site — carldemaio.com — and was never processed so no violation occurred. Under city law, candidates cannot solicit or collect campaign donations a year before an election.
The mayoral primary is June 5, 2012, so that means candidates can’t accept money until Sunday.