O'Malley camp sought help of minister linked to flier


Mayoral candidate Martin J. O'Malley said yesterday that his campaign paid $1,000 to a supporter of rival Lawrence A. Bell III who has acknowledged copying racist literature.

O'Malley said he paid the Rev. Daki Napata of Union Baptist Church to help establish contact with city ministers as the mayoral candidates sought the endorsement of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, a powerful group of 200 mostly African-American pastors.

"Once we gave him the check, we never heard from him again," O'Malley said.

Napata could not be reached for comment last night.

Napata was also on Bell's campaign payroll, according to an Aug. 17 campaign finance report that showed he was paid $500.

Rev. Douglas I. Miles, president of the ministerial alliance, said his group had no knowledge of Napata's work with either campaign.

"It's a shame that he has put himself and the alliance in this position," Miles said.

The alliance endorsed former City Councilman Carl Stokes for mayor.

On Friday, Napata and Robert Clay, another Bell supporter, acknowledged ordering the copying of 3,000 fliers with racist statements , purportedly created by a group with the name of "Aryan Blood Brotherhood." The material, mailed to voters two weeks ago, denounced blacks and Jews while "endorsing" O'Malley. Bell and O'Malley have denounced the material and denied any association with it.

Pub Date: 9/06/99

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