Mayor Ed Lee says he has no knowledge of a federal investigation 

Mayor Ed Lee on Tuesday said he hasn’t been approached by federal officials as rumors swirl of an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office into a campaign to get Lee to run.

Among the questions posed in recent months about the Run, Ed, Run campaign by local reporters and staff at the Ethics Commission are these:

Did Lee ever cooperate with the backers of the “independent” campaign?

Why did the campaign falsely report a check from Victor Makras, a supporter of Dennis Herrera for mayor?

Why did Rose Pak, who raised money for the campaign, call on Recology employees to sign a petition in support of Lee as the garbage company was being approved for a city contract? 

“There’s been no collusion,” Lee said in response to the first question, Tuesday. “ I’ve not really had anything to do with the Run, Ed, Run campaign, as I’ve always said, and I have my own campaign to run now.”

As far as the Recology story, Lee said that the contract for Recology was approved unanimously by the supervisors, which include mayoral candidates David Chiu and John Avalos, and that there was no way they could’ve received preferential treatment. As it turns out, the contract was not unanimously approved by the board, Avalos and Supervisor David Campos voted against it.

“I think that there’ve been individuals trying to smear by alleging that there’s some kind of investigation going on,” Lee said. “I don’t think that’s true because there’s nothing to investigate.”

As for the mistaken Makras check, that’s still one of the more bizarre mysteries in city politics.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

This blog was clarified Aug. 17, 2011. The blog stated that Mayor Ed Lee said the Recology contract was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors, including mayoral candidate Supervisor John Avalos. Avalos and Supervisor David Campos did not vote in favor of the contract.

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