Attorney general candidates in tiff over Democratic Party contest

With 2 weeks before primary, Harris attacks rival Kelly with illegal fundraising claims

With two weeks left until the June 8 statewide primary election,

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris' campaign for attorney general attacked her Democratic rival with claims of illegal fundraising.

Harris' campaign Tuesday announced that it filed a complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission against Chris Kelly, the former Facebook chief privacy officer also running to be the state's top prosecutor.

Harris claims the source of Kelly's $9.6 million in contributions to his own campaign is questionable.

Her campaign alleged Kelly may have accepted a loan in violation of state campaign contribution limits and asked the commission to investigate and place a hold on further spending if Kelly is found to be violating state law.

Kelly's campaign did not return a call for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Harris has also criticized Kelly's ties to Facebook, which has come under scrutiny for its privacy policies.

Kelly has assailed Harris's record on public safety, noting rising crime rates in San Francisco between 2003 and 2008 during Harris' tenure as district attorney.

Crime rates in San Francisco dipped, however, in 2009 and the first part of this year.

The latest poll by research firm Survey USA has Harris leading the Democratic race for attorney general with 25 percent to Kelly's 17 percent. The survey polled 716 California voters between May 21 and May 23.

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