Board: Philly DA candidates broke rules

May 13, 2009 11:38:57 AM PDT
Philadelphia's board of ethics says two candidates for the city's district attorney job violated campaign finance law. The accusations came a week before the May 19 primary in which Seth Williams and Dan McCaffery will vie for the Democratic nomination for district attorney.

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics said Tuesday that McCaffery deliberately reported contributions inaccurately.

The board says McCaffery "deliberately misstated" the amount of a late-year political action committee contribution to stay under the $100,000 limit and reported the rest in January. McCaffery's campaign says he did nothing wrong and intends to fight the $6,000 fine.

Williams agreed to pay a civil fine of $3,750 over what the board called "inadequate documentation" of expenses.

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