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Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley entered mayor’s race with large fund-raising edge driven in part by lawyers

Daniel F. Conley, who has been Suffolk district attorney for a decade, began his bid for mayor of Boston with $868,000 in his campaign war chest.
Daniel F. Conley, who has been Suffolk district attorney for a decade, began his bid for mayor of Boston with $868,000 in his campaign war chest.Credit: Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

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Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley began his campaign for mayor with three times more money than any other candidate, an advantage that helped catapult him to the front of a crowded field.

In a decade as district attorney, Conley slowly amassed $868,000. He can now use that money for his mayoral bid.

Conley mined a particularly rich vein of political donors. Since 2005, he has collected roughly $330,000 from lawyers.

Six of the lawyers who contributed to Conley said they supported him because he runs a fair and efficient office, and that they never received preferential treatment because of their donations.

There is nothing illegal — or unethical — about accepting political contributions from defense lawyers or other lawyers, according to good government advocates, state law, and legal experts.

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