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Berry donors seek to block hearing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The plaintiffs in a civil rights lawsuit against the city clerk have asked a federal judge to stop the city’s Ethics Board from hearing a complaint against Mayor Richard Berry.

The plaintiffs’ suit challenges the City Charter’s ban on campaign contributions by city contractors and business entities. Berry, meanwhile, faces an ethics complaint from a rival campaign alleging he violated the ban.

The plaintiffs in the civil suit – who include donors to Berry’s campaign – asked a federal judge this week to issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting the ethics board from meeting on the ethics complaint.

They say they would suffer “irreparable damage” if the board declares their contributions illegal.

Mayoral candidate Pete Dinelli’s campaign, on the other hand, told the judge the plaintiffs are trying “to transform a political fight into a judicial one” by preventing the ethics board meeting.

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