The controversy that erupted last summer over political spending encouraging Ed Lee to run for mayor has prompted the San Francisco Ethics Commission to create a new campaign finance category applicable to such groups. Read More
After coasting to victory in the mayoral race, Ed Lee now faces a new challenge: paying for it.The mayor must move quickly to cover nearly $300,000 in campaign debt, according to finance filings released Tuesday by The City’s Ethics Commission. The mayor has attended about 10 fundraisers on his behalf since the Nov. 8 election win, according to his campaign manager, Bill Barnes. Read More
Saying they shared the same vision, Mayor Ed Lee appointed Planning Commissioner Christina Olague on Monday morning to serve as the District 5 supervisor representing the Fillmore, Haight-Ashbury and Western Addition neighborhoods. The 50-year-old Olague had long been considered a likely choice to replace outgoing Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi — who was sworn in as sheriff Sunday — in the politically progressive district. Read More
Allegations of voter manipulation by an independent committee working on behalf of Mayor Ed Lee are being investigated by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.
Office spokeswoman Stephanie Ong Stillman said the investigation was prompted by information sent Friday by the Department of Elections.
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The investigation comes just days after videos circulated by members of Sen. Read More
Three of District Attorney George Gascón’s opponents in the November election pounced on Gascón’s statement late Friday that he was done investigating allegations of corruption regarding a campaign to get Mayor Ed Lee to run for mayor. Read More
The controversy over a campaign to get interim Mayor Ed Lee into the race in November has pulled District Attorney George Gascón into the political fray.The Run, Ed, Run campaign, coordinated by a committee called Progress for All, has been under fire for its vague filing status, a signature drive that included city contractor Recology, and for raising almost $50,000 from business interests close to Chinatown power broker Rose Pak. Read More
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? Read More
Mayoral candidate Leland Yee has been critical of the effort by a small group to convince interim Mayor Ed Lee to run in November, but the state senator himself was the target of a similar draft campaign in 1999.
Speaking recently at a mayoral forum at the Castro Theater, Yee slammed the Run, Ed, Run campaign and the Ethics Commission as a “toothless tiger” for failing to discipline the campaign. Read More
The campaign to get Ed Lee to run for mayor falsely reported a $5,000 check in the name of San Francisco real estate mogul Victor Makras. Read More
Amid all the accusations, emotions, shouting and general consternation that has greeted Mayor Ed Lee’s decision to continue on as mayor, some things are worth noting.
We now have a real mayoral race in San Francisco, something that didn’t exist until this week as the nine main hopefuls for the job waited in the wings for someone to breathe life into the campaign. With Lee’s official announcement Monday, that gust blew in like a hurricane. Read More