Two weeks after Mayor Shirley Dean was found in violation of the city’s campaign finance law, her challenger in the November election faces similar charges.
Berkeley resident Marie Bowman filed a complaint with the city’s Fair Campaign Practices Commission Thursday, alleging that mayoral candidate Tom Bates accepted $1000 in illegal contributions.
According to Bowman, four contributors gave Bates $500 during the latest election cycle. City campaign law allows individual contributions of only $250 during that time span.
Bates could not be reached for comment.
Last month, Bates’ campaign treasurer Mal Burnstein charged Dean with wrongly classifying $3000 of campaign contributions as office expenses.
In a second charge, Berkeley resident Carrie Olson claimed that Dean accepted between $550 and $700 of illegal contributions in her 1998 run for mayor.
City commissioners found the mayor in “probable violation” of both charges and have asked her to accept responsibility.
“It’s just a matter of sorting out some record-keeping stuff,” said Dean’s campaign manager Bryan Schwartz.
Members of the Fair Campaign Practices Commission, nor Bowman could be reached for comment.