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The San Francisco district attorney race gathered steam Tuesday with fresh allegations fired off against a candidate. Norma Hotaling, founder and director of the Standing Against Global Exploitation Project, filed a complaint with the San Francisco Ethics Commission alleging that district attorney candidate Bill Fazio and three of his campaign consultants violated campaign finance and ethics laws. Fazio’s campaign dismissed the accusations as a sign of political desperation from Fazio critics and stood by its actions. Hotaling, whose SAGE group is a nonprofit organization that offers services to victims of the sex industry, readily acknowledges that she’s worked on a task force with candidate Kamala Harris and has worked with current DA Terence Hallinan on a couple of her programs under his purview. But she says she hasn’t endorsed anyone and is acting “as a concerned citizen.” She says the accusation that Fazio didn’t properly document 836 contributions during his 1999 and current campaign is the most serious among her six allegations. Specifically, she says, Fazio did not report all of the names, addresses, occupations and employers for the contributions, which she tallies at $175,244. She says the law requires improperly reported funds to be forfeited. “We basically don’t know who is contributing to his campaign,” Hotaling said. “We don’t know if it’s insurance brokers, if it’s police, if it’s other district attorneys. We don’t know if it’s brothel owners.” Hotaling also alleges that Fazio failed to document $96,921 in spending for his 1999 campaign and that he didn’t properly terminate his 1999 campaign committee. She also claims Stanford Research and Murphy Putnam Media have worked for the current Fazio campaign as consultants but haven’t properly registered as such. And she says Fazio’s primary consultant, Duane Baughman, filed his consultant registration form 40 days late. Fazio said he hadn’t seen the complaint, adding, “I have nothing to respond to.” He referred questions to Baughman. Baughman declined to respond point-by-point, but said, “We stand by our financial disclosure. We stand by following every rule.” He attributed the complaint to politics and personal agendas, though he “wouldn’t even hazard a guess” as to Hotaling’s interest in the matter. “When the special interests and the longtime entrenched politicians are about to get their asses kicked, this is what happens,” Baughman said. “It’s fine. Bring it on.”

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