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California: Dellums overspent in mayoral race

The Alameda Times-Star reports: Mayor-elect Ron Dellums appears to have exceeded the spending cap during his campaign by as much as $15,500, according to financial statements filed Monday with the Oakland City Clerk's office.

Like his rivals, City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente (Glenview-Fruitvale) and Councilwoman Nancy Nadel (Downtown-West Oakland), Dellums agreed to abide by a voluntary campaign expenditure limit of $343,000.

However, a campaign finance statement signed by Dellums and his campaign treasurer, Ralph Grant, shows he spent nearly $358,500 between Jan. 1 and June 30.

Mike Healy, a spokesman for Dellums, acknowledged the apparent overspending but said some of the expenditures may have been improperly included in the overall total, such as an $8,000 deposit for phone service.

Although he beat De La Fuente by more than 17 percentage points, the former congressman avoided a November runoff against the council president by just 161 votes, based on final totals. -- Inside Bay Area - Dellums may have broke spending limit

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