When a Contra Costa prosecutor and District Attorney candidate this morning accused a fellow contender of illegally soliciting dollars from deputy DAs, he tried to bolster his accusations with Facebook — which can be an all-around handy evidence tool (whether it’s used to snoop on your cheating girlfriend or otherwise).
In his e-mail to the press this morning, Mark Peterson attached a Facebook-sourced photographic assembly (.pdf) of pretty-tame-looking handshaking and general campaign posing going on at a Jan. 14 campaign event for Dan O’Malley, where Peterson is saying O’Malley unlawfully asked employees of the District Attorney’s Office to donate $200 or $500, depending on their position. He also attached a screen capture of the e-vite to the O’Malley fundraiser (.pdf).
Event organizers told The Contra Costa Times that Peterson’s accusations are false, and O’Malley said that the event was organized without his knowledge, and that he told the organizers he didn’t want money from the deputy DAs. O’Malley told the paper that Peterson is “spinning facts because I'm a political threat to him.”
Peterson is asking Attorney General Jerry Brown to investigate. A spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s office said today that they’re still reviewing the complaint.
— Kate Moser