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Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley began his campaign for mayor with three times more money than any other candidate, an advantage that helped catapult him to the front of a crowded field.
In a decade as district attorney, Conley slowly amassed $868,000. He can now use that money for his mayoral bid.
Conley mined a particularly rich vein of political donors. Since 2005, he has collected roughly $330,000 from lawyers.
Six of the lawyers who contributed to Conley said they supported him because he runs a fair and efficient office, and that they never received preferential treatment because of their donations.
There is nothing illegal — or unethical — about accepting political contributions from defense lawyers or other lawyers, according to good government advocates, state law, and legal experts.