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Assemblyman Mark Leno and a San Francisco woman are the latest to file ethics complaints over the San Francisco district attorney election. Both filed allegations Oct. 20 against San Franciscans for Fair & Honest Government, a group that’s put up an estimated 750 signs touting incumbent District Attorney Terence Hallinan and Proposition H. The group says it’s separate from the campaigns for Hallinan and the local ballot measure. Leno, who’s endorsing Deputy City Attorney Kamala Harris, wants the commission to make sure signs featuring Hallinan’s name are taken down. “It is my belief that money raised for this purpose was done using my name and title without my consent,” his complaint says. Ethel Newlin, a self-described community activist supporting Harris as well as criminal defense attorney Bill Fazio, also claims the group hasn’t filed appropriate paperwork. “It’s just not right, period. Especially when the ethics questions have come up on the other two campaigns,” she said, referring to earlier ethics complaints filed against Harris and Fazio that have been made public since September. Representatives of San Franciscans for Fair & Honest Government did not immediately return calls seeking comment. “I’m sorry I had to file, but I felt that I had been abused,” Leno said. His was one of 20 names listed as sponsors on a recent fund-raiser invitation the group sent out. The mailer said the group supports causes such as accountable government and environmental protection. It didn’t mention Hallinan or Prop H, which aims to change the structure of the Police Commission and is supported by all three DA candidates. Leno, as well as spokesmen for the Gavin Newsom and Susan Leal mayoral campaigns, said the politicians weren’t aware the group would be supporting Hallinan and Prop H when they agreed to be listed as event sponsors. “I had been asked if I would support an effort to benefit safe access to marijuana,” Leno said. One of the group’s organizers, medical marijuana advocate Wayne Justmann, recently told The Recorder he didn’t anticipate the Hallinan signs when he asked Leno for support, and he intended no deception. Leno’s complaint names Hallinan’s former campaign manager, Erik Howell, as a witness, pointedly stating that Howell ended his job with Hallinan’s campaign three days before the new group formed and had solicited some of the sponsorships. Howell didn’t return calls for comment Friday afternoon. He was Hallinan’s campaign manager from June until the end of July.

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