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Mayor Ed Lee calls himself a progressive — but rich, powerful conservatives are funding his campaign

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As part of their efforts, McLear said, the IE had conducted a "virtual precinct walk" developed by a Silicon Valley tech company called Votizen, which utilizes social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about a candidate. Votizen was listed as part of Conway's investment portfolio in a document published by Business Insider. Zynga and Twitter, two companies benefiting from tax cuts spearheaded by Lee, were also listed in Conway's portfolio.

Conway's IE is only one of several that have sprouted up apart from Lee's official campaign. Another one, the Committee for Effective City Management, drew financial support from city contractors or close affiliates of city vendors. Raymond Lok, who listed his occupation as retired, gave $5,000, while another $5,000 flowed in from 4U Services, a New York based company. A public records search revealed that Lok is related to Melanie Lok, president and CEO of mlok Consulting, who contributed the maximum $500 to Lee's official mayoral campaign. Melanie Lok listed her occupation as "homemaker" — even though, as the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out, her company holds a contract with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) for an invoicing system upgrade worth at least $132,000. (Lok's odd word choice for her occupation may not be an isolated case. A total of $38,000 flowed into the coffers of Lee's official campaign from 76 "homemakers," while another $7,500 was contributed by 15 "housewives.")

4U Services, which also does business as Stellar Services, holds a city contract for the same SFPUC project that mlok was tapped to work on, worth nearly $92,000. Lok's consulting firm also does business with Kin Wo Construction, a company that contributed to Lee's campaign and Brown's reelection campaign in 1999 — and has been awarded multiple city contracts.

Kin Wo Construction president Florence Kong also contributed $3,000 to Run, Ed, Run. That campaign, which materialized this past spring to encourage Lee to run and drew scrutiny from the city's Ethics Commission, was driven by Rose Pak, a consultant for the San Francisco Chinatown Chamber of Commerce whose connections with the business world have imbued her with tremendous influence.

And some of the same powers behind the corrupt and anti-progressive Brown administration are Lee backers: Run, Ed, Run accepted $34,715 in contributions from 16 individuals who contributed to Brown's reelection in 1999, either themselves or through companies they owned, representing about 70 percent of the total contributions.

Another IE called the San Francisco Neighbor Alliance , which has yet to reveal its financiers, produced a biography of Lee written by Run, Ed, Run consultant Enrique Pearce and distributed to voters. It's a violation of election law for an official candidate campaign to coordinate with a third-party committee, but the unauthorized biography contains photographs, anecdotes, and other details of Lee's personal life that would seem difficult to unearth without the candidate's help.

Questions surrounding contributions to Lee's official campaign spurred a criminal investigation by District Attorney George Gascon last week, following Bay Citizen reporter Gerry Shih's article detailing how airport shuttle drivers were urged by managers to make maximum contributions to Lee in exchange for cash reimbursements. According to a campaign finance document detailing contributions since Sept. 24, just 54 percent of the donors to Lee's official campaign were San Francisco residents. Among those who made maximum $500 contributions were students, servers, parking garage attendants, cashiers, and a nanny.

Comments

What San Francisco progressives with the ability to do anything about it is taking steps to shut down luxury condo development?

Posted by marcos on Oct. 18, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

affordable housing too. If those professionals aren't buying SOMA condo's, then they're competing for Mission TIC's, displacing renters in the process.

Plus the City gets development fees, affordable housing setoffs and property taxes.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 5:50 am

Nonsense, when wages are flat or falling and when housing prices are flat or falling, adding new supply does nothing to ease affordability by definition. All new housing does when wages and housing prices are in the red is increase the number of families under water or facing foreclosure.

The window between price to build and sales price, even falling means a windfall for developers whose development fees don't even cover 1/3 of the infrastructure costs to the City. That means either existing San Franciscans pay higher taxes for infrastructure or we see resources diverted from our crumbling facilities towards facilities for those who don't live here yet.

1388 homes in foreclosure today in SF:

http://hotpads.com/search/foreclosure#lat=37.760672785359546&lon=-122.43...

None of this matters because progressives are scared out of their wits that if they were to challenge the imperative of real estate capital, the maw end of the Wall Street serialization machine that drove the economy off a cliff, they will meet electoral armageddon at the hands of the banksters.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 8:12 am
yes

yes, you are right..

Posted by GuestSan Francisco mayoral candidate Harold Miller on May. 02, 2012 @ 9:29 am

And many of these allegations were read to me in the poll. I was also asked my opinion on both The Guardian and The Chronicle as well as the mayor and Jeff Adachi.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

so what did you say in the poll?

Posted by GuestSan Francisco mayoral candidate Harold Miller on May. 02, 2012 @ 9:30 am

Now there's a pig I'd like to see roasting on a spit.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

Sean Parker is a billionaire!?!? Already that's a lie; Sean Parker has money problems out the wazoo. . .

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

I'd love to have Sean Parker's money problems

Posted by Greg on Oct. 18, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

Sean Parker's net worth is $2.1 billion as of last month

http://www.forbes.com/profile/sean-parker-2/

Posted by marke on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 7:20 am

"...we're trying to elect a Democrat in a Democrat town."

Guy can't even get that right. Democratic town, son.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 12:43 am

most people use "democrat" instead, for reasons of clarity.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 5:48 am

It's a strategy used by the right to marginalize Democratic politicians

http://mediamatters.org/research/200608160005

Posted by marke on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 7:17 am

The right wing uses language for one purpose, but that does not delegitimate the use of the same language for other purposes.

There is nothing Democratic about the Democrat party and the language used to describe the party that has neoliberal Nancy "Gramm-Leach-Bliley" Pelosi representing center-left San Francisco must reflect that.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 8:14 am

That's ridiculous. Lots of people say it without meaning anything by it.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 8:17 am

Mediamatters is like MSNBC, a left wing balance to Fox News and the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page that is is as much in the orbit of the Democrat Party as the latter two are in the Republicrats'.

One reason why we're in this mess is that we've allowed ourselves to be played against one another via false dichotomies of Democrat v. Republican that play on peoples' basic political orientations which are most likely hardwired with the intent to divide and conquer on behalf of finance, insurance and real estate sectors that are stealing our present and future.

I've learned to not expect too much on the thoughtful scale from Marke and I must admit that I am not disappointed.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 9:04 am

Oh brother.

The word 'Democratic', especially when read aloud instead of printed, can be understandably confusing to the listener or reader as to what exactly is being discussed i.e. democracy or the political party.

The obvious way to solve that problem and to make it clear what is intended, is to use the perfectly accurate term Democrat.

And I've got news for you, it is not just the right wing that is made to feel physically ill by a party that is -not- by any stretch of the imagination supportive of democracy, calling itself the 'Democratic' Party.

The fact that the Democrats abandoned real democracy to become just as completely bought and paid for by corporations as the Republicans, makes the use of the term 'Democratic' to describe that party the quintessential recipe for absurd cognitive dissonance.

With that said. As I stated originally, this is merely an issue of using more clear English, not some right wing linguistic conspiracy.

Spare us the bleeding heart hyperbolics about your precious and abjectly failed milquetoast-liberal party, and ideology.

If there is one thing that I despise even more that an idiot knee-jerk whacko Republican ditto head, it is a self righteous emotional violin playing self deluded 'Democrat'.

Get over yourselves.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

having a coherent political message and, indeed, may be a sign that the utterer does not have one.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

it's doubtful that the people who are give a fuck about your observations.

Start your own if you don't like it.

Of course, that would require you getting off your lazy ass and actually doing something, so no one is expecting much.

Posted by meatlock on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

Looks like you're the real one percenter.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

To once again correct your bullshit spin, vast majorities support the Occupy Wall Street movement.

See:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-17/wall-street-protesters-backed-3...

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

continue to show up to their jobs at Banks and other enterprises even while paying lip service to the few hundred unwashed souls claiming they're going to overthrow global capitalism.

Meanwhile, the stock market has been on a tear since the protest started. Odd, that.

Can't blame you for talking it up though.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

This is just the beginning.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

every time the "movement" gets bored after a while, or gets tied of being cold and wet, and gives up.

We'd need a really compelling reason to believe this would be any different. Less than one percent of the population camping out does not a revolution make.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

It is clearly rising again, and as I said before, far better organized.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

the sixties hippies achieved anything.

The protesters here are in a bind. If they merely camp out and protest peacefully, big business can and will ignore them.

While if they try and force the issue, and disrupt financial operations, they'll be arrested.

So either way, it's not clear what they can achieve. And from what I've seen, their "demands" are wishy-washy and unachieveable.

I predict this will have blown over by the Holidays and the bad weather. Real change is achieved through the ballot box, not by not washing for a month.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 20, 2011 @ 11:33 am

is hardly a right wing scheme.

Posted by meatlock on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

And thanks for the link, Marke. I noticed that too. I let it slide, but since some of my fellow "progressives" seem intent on defending Republican talking points, I'll add my 2 cents.

I'm no Democratic partisan. I actually agree with many of the criticisms of the Democratic Party, but I refuse to frame those criticisms in terms Republican talking points and terminology. While the Democratic Party may be no more "democratic" than the Republican party stands for a republic (they stand for oligarchy), the proper name for the party is the Democratic Party.

It is not a matter of "plain language"; we can figure out whether one is referring to the concept or the party through the use of context, just like we can figure out by context what one means when they say someone is "Green." Do they mean that they are an environmentalist? a member of the Green Party? new and inexperienced? or just full of envy? It's all about context. We don't need to use deligitimizing language invented by other political parties in order to figure out the meaning of the word "Green."

When we do use that language, we're tacitly associating ourselves with the great majority of people who use that same language, which in this case is the Republican party.

I can, and do, criticize the Democratic party, but I do it on my own terms. I don't need to parrot, and therefore amplify, right-wing memes in order to do it.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

just another politician owned and operated by the billionaires.
Support the occupy movement!

Vote for city district attorney candidates who pledge to issue criminal arrest warrants for the Wall Street Gangsters who looted America!!!!! Arrest em if they set foot in SF!
AND enforce the laws against bribery!!!!

Posted by GuestSf T Party on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 10:09 am

just another politician owned and operated by the billionaires.
Support the occupy movement!

Vote for city district attorney candidates who pledge to issue criminal arrest warrants for the Wall Street Gangsters who looted America!!!!! Arrest em if they set foot in SF!
AND enforce the laws against bribery!!!!

Posted by GuestSf T Party on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 10:10 am

You do understand there are jurisdictional issues involved?

There also was a DA named Jim Garrison who tried to use local DA-ing for these types of things, it was a hoot.

Posted by meatlock on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

Whine and complain online?
How's that working out for you, Troll?

Posted by meatlock on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

BOMA.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

Its like Fox News is coming to take back the city.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

and all his favorite propagandists are coming!

Posted by meatlock on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

keep telling all of the protesters, you are not gonna make changes by throwing bottles, you make change by voting for Harold Miller for San Francisco mayor in 2015...

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/01/4455901/1-arrested-in-sf-protest-march....

Posted by GuestSan Francisco mayoral candidate Harold Miller on May. 02, 2012 @ 8:27 am

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