The California Department of Justice found no evidence that former judge and Contra Costa District Attorney candidate Dan O’Malley violated campaign finance laws or was involved in a criminal conspiracy to unlawfully solicit campaign funds.
The complaint was filed by challenger and Contra Costa deputy district attorney Mark Peterson. He alleged that another attorney in the District Attorney’s office illegally advertised within the office an O’Malley campaign fundraiser and that O’Malley knew about it.
“I don’t think people are surprised about O’Malley not violating any campaign laws and I don’t think people are that surprised about Mark Peterson abusing his office in an attempt to smear a political opponent,” said Deputy District Attorneys Association President Barry Grove. The association has endorsed O’Malley.
Here is the letter from California Deputy Attorney General Geoffrey Lauter.