Board To Hold Hearing Over Complaint Against Berry

May 20, 2013

Albuquerque's Board of Ethics will hold a preliminary hearing over a complaint filed by Pete Dinelli's mayoral campaign against incumbent Richard Berry.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Dinelli's campaign has alleged Berry violated the city's ban on accepting campaign donations from city contractors.

The Berry campaign contends it's in full compliance with campaign laws.

Berry had accepted about $17,000 in campaign contributions from executives or owners of companies that have city contracts.

Dinelli received about $200 worth of such contributions, which he later donated to charity.

The Berry campaign has said none of the people who contributed are in a "direct contractual relationship with the city" and they have a First Amendment right to make donations as individuals.

The board hasn't yet set a hearing date.