George E. Norcross III, a co-owner of The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, sent fund-raising invitations this week to employees of the newspapers seeking contributions for his brother's congressional campaign, a move his spokesman described Thursday as inadvertent.

The messages, delivered to the work e-mail addresses and mailboxes of several reporters at offices in Center City and Cherry Hill, prompted a complaint from the union that represents newsroom employees at the papers' parent company, Interstate General Media.

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