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Jess Durfee, chair of San Diego's Democratic Party, accuses Carl DeMaio of not polling fair.

In a formal complaint to the San Diego Ethics Commission, Durfee says the mayoral candidate and his campaign advisors refused to name who was behind a March opinion poll touted in a March 14 announcement from Republican chair Tony Krvaric.

Durfee says the DeMaio camp coordinated with a third-party in order to avoid campaign finance laws. The law prohibits outside parties from paying for "independent expenditures." And, according to Durfee, having an unnamed party pay for opinion polls is an example of that.

“I filed this complaint because voters deserve to know which corporate special interests are bankrolling the Republican Mayoral campaign,” wrote Durfee. “The law is intended to ensure openness and transparency, but the downtown Republicans are acting like it doesn’t apply to them. I urge the Commission to take a close look at this blatant and cynical attempt to circumvent the city’s ethics rules.”

Ryan Clumpner, DeMaio's campaign manager, summed up the claim in one short sentence: "Clearly Mr. Durfee doesn't let facts get in the way of his press releases. This complaint doesn't have a legal leg to stand on."

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