Sheppard files complaint regarding last-minute mailer by Barnhart

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- On the eve of the Democratic mayoral primary in Rochester, candidate James Sheppard says he's filing a complaint with the state board of elections against opponent Rachel Barnhart.

Sheppard said the former reporter used an independent expenditure committee called Accountable Rochester to pay for a last minute campaign mailer. 

Sheppard said the cash came from lobbyist Robert Scott Gaddy, who recently admited to hitting and threatening a woman at the Albany Hilton. He has connections to Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Barnhart.

Barnhart responded to Spectrum News in part saying, "My campaign didn't send the mailer. Independent expenditures are legal and it appears this was properly disclosed to the board of elections as required by law."

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