Testimony nears end in Hall hearing

Testimony in the hearing into whether former supervisor and mayoral candidate Tony Hall violated campaign finance laws is expected to wrap up Tuesday.

Hall faces allegations that he wrongfully used campaign funds from his 2004 re-election run to pay off a personal loan, purchase meals, gasoline, car repairs and purchase clothing.

The Ethics Commission hearing will begin Tuesday morning at City Hall. The commission could take up to 45 days to issue a decision.

Hall faces fines of $5,000 per violation, which could total $240,000.

Potential witnesses include Hall, Hall’s 2004 political consultant Jim Ross, Hall’s election treasurer at the time Beverly Greene and Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, a former Hall legislative aide.

News of the Ethics Commission’s investigation into Hall’s use of campaign funds surfaced last year when Hall made a run for mayor, but later dropped out. Hall denies the charges.

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