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Deadline day for DA subpoenas investigating campaign money in 2017 race for mayor

December 19, 2018 06:22 PM

Wednesday was the deadline to turn over material connected to the district attorney's investigation into campaign money and the 2017 race for Rochester mayor. 

The deadline was set in the subpoenas the DA sent to people connected to the mayor's er-election effort, including the chair of the mayor's fundraising committee, Tim Tompkins.

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We asked the mayor for her reaction after the city council meeting Tuesday night. 

Mayor Lovely Warren: "The only thing I can say is that you have to talk to Sandra Doorley if there is anything going on. I truly believe we haven't done anything wrong and we'll have to see and go through a process. At the end of the day, I know I haven't received anything and so I can only speak about my knowledge."

The mayor said we should talk to the district attorney, so we did. 

News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean spoke to Ms. Doorley Tuesday and that's when she confirmed the deadline to answer her subpoenas was Wednesday. 

News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "What does that mean to the viewer? Can you explain that to the viewer?"

Doorley: "Right, well it means all the materials that are due to us and then we will begin to review the materials. At this point, it's an investigation so I need to go through all the materials that are subpoenaed and then determine our next step."

The DA is looking into what happened to the money donated to two campaign-related committees during the mayor's re-election race last year.

We're talking about tens of thousands of dollars from dozens of donors.

During the campaign, the mayor's two challengers filed official complaints about the money to the state Board of Elections. The district attorney's official calendar shows she was at the Board of Elections in August for "case discussions."

By Wednesday night, the DA and her investigators are supposed to have the material they've been looking for. 

Doorley: "These subpoenas will show us what information is out there and what our next steps will be."

We had three core questions for the DA's office. 

1) Did you get material from the people you subpoenaed?
2) How much material did you get? 
3) And what is the nature of the material?

At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the DA's communication director emailed us and said, "We cannot comment on your questions."

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