Reacting to allegations two women laundered campaign money, Mayor Ed Lee donated the value of their contributions to The City, according to a letter received Monday afternoon by the Ethics Commission.
“In light of information which came to light this week regarding the improper activities of Nazly Mohajer and Zula Jones, Ed Lee for Mayor 2015 would like to donate $1,500,” reads the Aug. 7 letter sent by Lee’s campaign treasurer Kevin Heneghan. “The enclosed check represents the contributions which Ms. Mohajer and Ms. Jones made to the Mayor’s 2011 and 2015 campaigns.”
Jones, a recently retired Human Rights Commission employee, contributed the maximum $500 to Lee’s 2011 campaign and another $500 to his re-election campaign this November. Mohajer, a former Human Rights Commissioner, donated $500 to his 2011 campaign.
Heneghan said in an email Monday that the donation was made from Lee’s reelection campaign funds because the 2011 campaign is closed.
“Mayor Lee and his campaigns operate according to the highest ethical standards,” Heneghan said. “If the Mayor’s campaign receives any additional specific information from the government about any suspect contributions, we will take immediate and appropriate actions.”
Jones and Mohajer have not been charged with any crimes. Allegations of campaign money laundering surfaced last week in court filings by the lawyers representing accused Chinatown mobster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow. Jones and Mohajer allegedly discussed how to illegally break up a $10,000 donation into $500 increments — the maximum amount allowed — using straw donors, and said the mayor knew of the scheme, according to the filings.artistsArts CommissionBoard of SupervisorsEd LeeHuman Rights CommisssionNazly MohajerPoliticsSan FranciscoZula Jones