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Ethics Commission fines Broke-Ass Stuart $2,500 for misuse of campaign funds

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Local personality Broke-Ass Stuart is looking at a $2,500 fine from the Ethics Commission for his involvement in a video for the Yes on Proposition F campaign. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)


Broke-Ass Stuart is about to get a wallop to the wallet.

The San Francisco Ethics Commission has fined local personality, former mayoral candidate, blogger and San Francisco Examiner columnist Stuart Schuffman for violating campaign finance law — to the tune of $2,500.

Apparently during his (completely farcical) mayoral run against Ed Lee, Stuart also paid $1,276 to produce a video for the Yes on Proposition F campaign, the proposal for stricter Airbnb regulations.

“Voters expect accountability in the way candidates use money they raise for city elective office,” Ethics Commission Executive Director LeeAnn Pelham said in a statement. “The Ethics Commission has a voter mandate to enforce the laws to ensure those expectations are met.”

Stuart told me his crossed financial wires were “not malicious” but naivete around the rules. He was speaking on the phone amidst New Year’s celebrations at a wilderness ranch in Fresno, which he described as “summer camp” for adults.

Apparently, my call caught him mid-costume change, as he was moments from donning a large, fake fur coat and top hat.

Though Stuart’s mayoral run was as ridiculous as his outfit sounds, his star power did what many couldn’t: It brought needed public scrutiny to Mayor Lee’s policies in an otherwise uncontested race.

Stuart and comrades Amy Farah Weiss and Francisco Herrera ran on a “Vote 1-2-3 to Replace Ed Lee” slate and collectively netted 31 percent of the vote against Lee’s 55 percent in 2015. Not too shabby.

And it should be noted, the fine is nowhere near the initially proposed $191,000 ethics fine levied against Supervisor Mark Farrell for his alleged campaign finance misdeeds, and a far cry from the allegedly intentional laundering of money into Mayor Ed Lee’s campaign by the accused former Human Rights Commissioner staffer, Zula Jones.

This just seemed to be a fairly innocent financial bungle on the part of Stuart, and the size of the fine reflects that.

Stuart said he had no hard feelings with the Ethics Commission, though he asked them to propose the fine sooner. Ethics only formally announced the fine after he closed out his mayoral campaign, though they notified him of the violation far earlier.

Now, he’ll have to scrape up the cash out of his own pocket.

“It’s a bummer, I ain’t got no money,” he said.

Well, of course, you don’t — it’s in your name, ain’t it?

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Hey, Democrats, two action items for your political calendar this week. First, remember, planning Trump resistance starts at home!

In that spirit, check out the SF United Against Trump panel discussion on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Women’s Building on 18th Street. Panelists are set to talk about defending minorities and women’s rights, and help plan inauguration actions against the unholy-orange monster.

And on Sunday, Democratic assembly district delegates are running to represent you (assuming you’re a Democrat) as delegates to the California State Convention. Remember those pesky national delegates, casting their vote for a Democratic presidential nominee, who normally fly under the radar but became shockingly important this election?

This race is for the state version of those folks, who will cast key endorsement votes on statewide Democratic matters. And, like in our presidential race, there are moderate (read: corporate) Dems running, and progressive Dems who need your support.

Though I think there are some moderates worth supporting (shout out to David Cruise!), overall, I’d heartily recommend supporting progressives like youth advocate Mia “Tu Mutch” Satya, “Frisco 5” supporter Yayne Abeba and other reformers.

The votes are usually limited to just the people the delegates manage to bring along — so even a handful of extra votes for the reformers could tip the scales.

You can find their slate at www.reformdems.com. Voting for East San Francisco (Assembly District 17) is held at Local 261 International Laborers Union Hall, at 3271 18th St., from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Voting for West San Francisco (Assembly District 19) is at Cafe Doelger, 101 Lake Merced Blvd. in Daly City, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

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Speaking of hot-button political calendars, it’s time to bid a fond farewell to San Francisco FYI (sanfranciscofyi.blogspot.com), a blog that’s kept many a local political junkie informed of the latest important dates in our government game.

Linda Post announced on Facebook at the end of 2016 that her last full calendar blog post will be today, though she’ll continue to post periodically in “a less formal format.”

The calendar items are the best way to find the actual people making politics move in San Francisco — with everything from Nato Green’s comedic stylings to Gray Panther meetings to town halls with obscure neighborhood Democratic clubs.

“I have been doing this blog for ten years,” Post wrote on Facebook, noting more than 585,687 people have visited it to keep track of local politics. “I am almost 70 years (old)! Time to slow down.”

It’s a well-earned rest, Linda.

On Guard prints the news and raises hell each week. Email Fitz at joe@sfexaminer.com, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @FitztheReporter, and Facebook at Facebook.com/FitztheReporter.

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