With less than three weeks remaining in the county supervisor runoff between Teresa Alvarado and Cindy Chavez, supporters on both sides have now volleyed accusations of illegal assistance from outside groups. In the more recent complaint filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), Alvarado and her political consultant Jim Gonzalez are accused of an illicit powwow June 19 with the top brass of the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee. Steve Preminger, chair of the county’s Democratic Central Committee (DCC), accused the Alvarado camp of unfairly coordinating for the final weeks of the race, and a quick look at campaign disclosure forms shows that the Chamber PAC did, in fact, give $75K to the independent Community for Accountability Opposing Cindy Chavez in the days following the meeting. But Preminger sure has some nerve calling out names. A quick look at the DCC’s United Democratic Campaign records, found on the Secretary of State’s website, shows that county Democrats have spent more than $206,000 supporting Chavez in the first six-plus months of the year, allowing her to more or less flaunt traditional restrictions on campaign fundraising and spending. While the DCC’s money is supposed to be strictly spent on “member-to-member” communications, many of the costs are listed under broad categories that include salaries and food. A call over to the FPPC’s Gary Winuk confirmed that this seems to comply with the Political Reform Act, which more and more resembles Swiss cheese. And let’s not fail to mention the third member of the coordinated Chavez campaign triumvirate—the South Bay Labor Council’s Committee on Political Education, which also claims to be doing strictly member-to-member outreach. But unlike the DCC, the SBLC’s COPE group has not filed any disclosure forms with the state, and it has a disconnected phone number listed on its active committee webpage. Fly called over to the county’s Democratic headquarters to ask Preminger what was the deal, but the phone number listed on the party’s website was also disconnected.