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Shea accuses Leffingwell of ‘bundling’ thousands from F1 stakeholders

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Austin mayoral candidate Brigid Shea says her opponent, current Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, did not properly report nearly $8,000 he received from Formula One interests last week.

Shea is calling into question if money Leffingwell's campaign received last week should be classified as ‘bundled money.’

Bundling is where one person goes out and collects contributions from a number of people, and then turns them into the campaign on their behalf.

City code says candidates must also report the money as bundled if at least $5,000 is raised at a campaign event at someone's house.

Shea says Leffingwell broke the law when he received more than that amount at a fundraiser last Wednesday. She says her campaign connected the dots from the latest campaign contributions list released late last week.

"This looks like it's an attempt to hide the fact that over $8,000 came in at the last minute from an entity that's received huge favors and support from the city," Shea said during a press conference Monday.

Leffingwell's campaign manager J.D. Gins believes the money came from donations at a morning coffee gathering with the candidate. Gins said it was at a downtown restaurant, not a person's house, so it does not fall under the bundling ordinance.

"If people -- individuals -- come to an event and make a donation on behalf of themselves to a candidate at an event, that is not bundling. That is why this was not listed as a bundler type of event, and it was not bundling," Gins said.

Election Day is May 12. Early voting ends Tuesday. Click the following candidates' names to see the latest campaign finance report submitted to the City of Austin by the campaigns: Lee Leffingwell, Brigid Shea, and Clay Dafoe.

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