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Matt Haney’s alcoholic fundraising for his election campaign is being investigated

Matt Haney’s alcoholic fundraising for his election campaign is being investigated

Haney, who represents eastern San Francisco, listed all spending on sporting events as “fundraisers” in his campaign filings with the California Secretary of State, but it’s unclear who attended and how much money – if any – was raised.

Several campaign experts said it was unusual that Haney frequently used sporting events – including events attended by his friends and family – for fundraising.

“You can’t spend your campaign money on vacations or ball games for yourself or your family, that’s absolutely not legal,” said Ann Ravel, former chair of the Federal Elections Commission, in an earlier interview. “I don’t go to many football games, but this seems excessive to me.”

Elizabeth Power, a political adviser to Haney, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. She previously defended his allegations regarding sporting events, Broadway shows and a membership in the exclusive San Francisco social club The Battery.

“Holding a fundraiser at a sporting event is no different than holding a fundraiser at a restaurant, bar or other rented venue,” Power told The Standard last month. “It’s common for elected officials to hold fundraisers at sporting events and other cultural events in their district, and these fundraisers are often successful because people enjoy attending these events.”

The Standard contacted more than a dozen of Haney’s campaign donors, who were not his family or friends, around 49ers games last season. None of them said they had been invited to a fundraiser for a sporting event.