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Judge throws out suit against Phoenix councilman

Sal DiCiccio

A judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by three Phoenix residents accusing City Councilman Sal DiCiccio of campaign-finance violations related to his creation of a non-profit corporation.

The Arizona Republic  says DiCiccio is in the middle of a heated re-election fight for his council seat and the plaintiffs in the case support his opponent, Karlene Keogh Parks.

She wasn’t involved in the suit.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Mark Brain suggested Monday that the suit against DiCiccio was filed for political reasons.

The suit alleged that DiCiccio improperly disposed of campaign money raised to fight a 2011 recall threat.

The plaintiffs’ attorney is vowing to appeal the judge’s ruling.

DiCiccio says it’s a major loss for his opponent and unions supporting the campaign against him.

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