Independent groups backing Allen pour nearly $500,000 into Assembly race

Two independent expenditure committees poured in nearly $500,000 to support Michael Allen in the waning days of his campaign against a fellow Democrat for a newly-drawn state Assembly seat, records show.

The Peace Officers Research Association of California kicked in $252,000, and the California Alliance put in another $238,000.

The alliance is comprised of consumer attorneys, conservationists and nurses. The money was spent on television ads opposing Marc Levine, who on Friday criticized the expenditures.

"They are desperate to distract the voters from Allen's history of ethics problems and putting himself ahead of public service," the San Rafael councilman said. "The voters of Sonoma and Marin will see past these deceptive attacks."

Allen, D-Santa Rosa, refused comment on Friday. He has not made himself available for an interview with The Press Democrat in more than a month.

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