Developer sets sights on Daly

A complaint filed with the Ethics Commission attempts to draw a closer connection between a controversial supervisor and a committee supporting a June ballot measure and alleges violations of campaign-finance laws less than three weeks before voters head to the polls.

Lawyers for Lennar Corp., the developer tapped for efforts to redevelop the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, filed the 82-page complaint. It alleges a series of violations involving Supervisor Chris Daly — an outspoken critic of Mayor Gavin Newsom — and his efforts to win over voters to support Proposition F on the June 3 ballot.

That ballot measure would require 50 percent of the housing created in the redevelopment of Bayview-Hunters Point to be offered at below-market rate.

Its critics, including members of Newsom’s administration, say Proposition F would kill the current redevelopment plan — which is on the ballot as Proposition G — for the southeastern section of San Francisco.

Among the allegations in the complaint is that the Bayview Committee for Affordable Housing should be registered as a “candidate controlled committee” in Daly’s name, not as a “general purpose committee.”

Registering the group as a candidate-controlled committee would impose a number of stricter regulations on the committee when it comes to contributions and reporting, the complaint says.

“The disclosure of Supervisor Daly’s control over [the committee] is clearly critical to a fully informed electorate,” the complaint says.

Daly dismissed the complaint as an election tactic.

“I do not have proponent control,” he said. “I am trying to support the committee with fundraising. I do not have control of the committee.”

He acknowledged that rules requiring registration as a candidate-controlled committee are “very loose.”

Daly said that Lennar’s own polling found Prop. F to be popular.

“I think they are trying to attach my negatives to Prop. F to bring down its popularity,” he said.

The complaint alleges that Daly’s activities — from helping to author the initiative to loaning money to the committee — is evidence it should be designated a candidate-controlled committee. Material such as mailers could be “disseminated without legally required identifying information and prohibited contributions may be made by unsuspecting donors,” it says.

Daly said that evenif the committee was registered as a candidate-controlled committee, “I don’t believe the Bayview committee has received any donations that would be restricted.”

He said the committee raised and spent less than $10,000, compared with the more than $2.23 million behind Proposition G.

Proposition G would authorize Lennar to see through a major redevelopment project in Bayview-Hunters Point that would include 10,000 new homes, parks, business space and a new 49ers stadium, if the team elects to stay in San Francisco. Lennar has said it will include 32 to 35 percent of housing at below-market rate. The campaign in support of Proposition G is being largely funded by Lennar.

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