David Chiu, Leland Yee also get help from independent money

Mayor Ed Lee isn’t the only one getting beaucoup bucks from independent groups trying to get him elected.

Candidate David Chiu, the Board of Supervisors president, recently had $112,000 thrown his way for a 30-second television ad that touts his ability to keep tech firms from leaving The City. (Scroll down to see the video) The sizable chunk of cash was laid down by Los Angeles-based political action committee called Californians for Trust, Responsibility, Unity and Empowerment.

TRUE also donated $90,000 in 2010 to support the defeated Proposition 27, which would have put the power to change legislative district boundaries back into the hands of state lawmakers after a previous voter-approved initiative gave citizen committees that oversight. The point of contact on TRUE’s filing with the San Francisco Ethics Commission is Bill Wong, who served as chief of staff for Congresswoman Judy Chu and U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis when they were members of the California State Legislature.

Also getting big support from outside groups is mayoral candidate and state Sen. Leland Yee, who is being bolstered by a union-backed committee spending some of its money on pro-Yee material, but most of the funds on anti-Lee mass mailers and an accompanying website.

As of the latest Ethics Commission campaign finance filing deadline Thursday, City Residents Opposing Ed Lee – formerly known as City Residents Supporting Leland Yee – had spent nearly $400,000 on the effort.

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com

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