Lee under fire over voter fraud accusations (VIDEO)

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom endorsed Mayor Ed Lee at a campaign event.
Photo by Rebecca Bowe

    Just over two weeks before election day, allegations of voter fraud carried out by agents of an independent expenditure committee created on behalf of Mayor Ed Lee threw a curveball into the San Francisco mayor’s race. Lee has been the clear front runner for months.

    Volunteers for Sen. Leland Yee, a mayoral candidate, accused Lee supporters working on behalf of the San Francisco Neighbor's Alliance in Chinatown of marking ballots for San Francisco voters, guiding ballot selections with stencils, and collecting ballots in a bag, in apparent violation of election law. Videos of a voting station where the activity occurred were shot by Yee volunteers and aired on major media outlets.

    An onslaught of questions about these accusations were directed at Lee at a campaign event Oct. 24, in which Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the former San Francisco mayor, announced his endorsement for Lee’s candidacy. Lee sought to distance himself from the independent expenditure committee in question, saying his own campaign has kept things clean. The mayor said he supported his rivals' calls for investigation into any "fishy business," and supported the idea of bringing in federal election monitors.

    Here's a video of Lee getting the third degree from reporters at the press event, which was held in the office of a SoMa-based tech company called BranchOut.

Video by Rebecca Bowe


i pay little attention to the SFBC and am not a member, just to state my dislike of the advocates at this group before sharing this bit of news i just learned about tonight.

the SFBC's third choice for mayor is ed lee - willie and rose's puppet. i knew they endorsed avalos as their top choice and never read beyond the headlines announcing his being their favorite candidate.

source: http://www.sfbike.org/?vote

sure, i can understand an advocacy group sticking to a single focus and not taking on coalition building as part of their basic agenda, but it's not the kind of progressive politics that reaches across barriers.

i'm curious if any other progressive outfit picked ed lee as one of their choices, or if the SFBC stands alone in this regard.

Posted by MPetrelis on Oct. 24, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

I know that some of the video indicates that they're wearing Ed Lee For Mayor t-shirts, that has nothing to do with my campaign at all.

Vote all three, but None for Ed Lee.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 24, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

This despicable individual has been lying from day one. If there was EVER any doubt, in anyone's mind, about what his agenda is and where his allegiencies lie, the endorsement of Gavin the Greaser should remove all doubt.

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Oct. 24, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

is infantile. You've never accepted that he had been elected mayor - twice - much in the same way Republicans have never accepted the legitimacy of President Obama. In the same manner you are as much a part of the sickness of the body politic in this country as the extremist right-wing.

Take a long look in the mirror next week when you take your weekly shower. You'll find Eric Cantor and Orly Taitz staring back at you.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 24, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

"Another common tactic is the 'a plague on both your houses" approach, where the concern troll tries to convince people that both sides of the ideological divide are doing the same thing, or are just as bad as each other, knowing the site's reason for existing in the first place is to promote one side of the ideological divide. This preys on the sites' willingness to actually debate critics and allow dissenting commentary, since there normally isn't any more to these accusations than the endless repetition of the assertion."

Posted by Guest on Oct. 24, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

How can San Franciscans trust this guy??

Posted by John Womg on Oct. 24, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

Who is this guy?

Posted by Guest Wong on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

Not surprised Gavin is willing to continue to support the person he wanted in the first place for room 200. But he risks sullying himself, his current office and The Mayors office which for me has been tainted by these allegations of election fraud whose scope is an unknown. Mr. Lee has skated by with allegations of his connections to The precursor to Win Ed Win, Run Ed Run, his inability to resist power brokers like former Mayor Brown and Rose oak to break his promise to us, laundering donations through Lorries and now this. How many of these tainted ballots are there downtown? It is nice yet another investigation into Lee has been opened by Mr. gascon, but will we just to pretend the election, those ballots and the laws that the other brave candidates who signed this complaint had to follow, but not Lee is ok now just because Mayor Newsom says he is ok. Is Mayor Lee above State and Federal election law now?

Every Superviisor voted to install this man and should be demanding that the local department of elections impound those ballots before we go any further. The magnicent 7 want an instigation of a conspiracy to commit election fraud whose scope isnt known.

I'm calling my supervisor, Lee supporter today to hold a hearing and demand accountability on our process. The BAy citizen, Leland Yee threw down the gauntlet in Chinatown again by demanding that an investigation be done and how if he were elected Mayor he would clean out city hall.
Impound the ballots now.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 4:10 am

An old people's home in ChinaTown? Who'd ya think they're gonna vote for?

Clearly some supporters of Lee maybe got a little carried away in their canvassing and support activities. But it's highly unlikely that anyone's vote was adversely affected or changed by this.

Mostly this is Lee's opponents being so far behind him that they are grasping at straws.

Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 6:32 am

Mostly your candidate, Ed "The Puppet" Lee just blew up in your face.

Vote all 3, but none for Ed Lee.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 7:06 am

This post from Paul Currier at SFGATE is really troubling. Looks like we should be investigating the activities of the SRO collaboratives. This is really angering since this program is supposed to be HELPING tenants, not using them.

"the Lee Campaign has access to the internal resident files of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. The THC is a Randy Shaw operation, and recipient of many tens of millions of dollars from the City's Care-not-cash Program. The THC, as Mr. Shaw's operation is known in the Tenderloin has over 22 SRO Properties. Those thousands of tenants all have Tenant Reps who were presured to be advocates for Jane Kim in her 2010 Supervisors Race funded partially by a $10,000 dollar campaign contribution by Willie Brown. Enrique Pearce ran the Kim Campaign with funding and strong Chinese Community support from Rose Pak and operates the same operation that has committed the voter frauds and felony election frauds, by people who have been collecting ballots from the Chinese Community on Stockton Street, in the news. I have personal friends who have asked me, how the hell did the Ed Lee campaign get their unlisted phone numbers? For Jane Kim and Ed Lee to use the internal private client records of the recipient Non-Profits, such as the THC, for voter fraud is beyond unethical. Any investigation into the THC Tenant Reps, who work at and are compensated by the SRO Collaborative will yield more evidence of fraud, ballot tampering, and organized pressure on the poor people for their votes so as not to loose programs. Mayor Lee, like Mayor Newsom before, both cut deeply into the programs for the poor, and the poor are in real fear. What I see is the link between the offices of Jane Kim at City Hall, the offices of Ed Lee as Mayor, and Rose Pak as well as Mr. Pearce and the others from the Kim for Supervisor in District 6 Campaign. Willie Brown is in the middle of this, and the District Attorney needs to recuse himself from this investigation and turn the whole case over to the Feds. There is too much Official Corruption in the Official Family for the DA to be impartial here."

Posted by D Walker on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 5:30 am

Looks like Mr. Shaw has been doing more than just shilling for Ed Lee the last couple of months. He should be FULLY investigated.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 9:35 am

Jeff Buckley took the last couple months off from running Central City SRO Collaborative to work the Ed Lee field campaign as well. It's pretty easy to see how this would happen.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 11:37 am

Move to Oakland, SF is a lost cause. The yuppie invasion started it during the dot com boom, and it's just gotten worse since then. Even before that, there was never a progressive mayor in SF the entire time I've lived in the Bay Area (since 1983).

Posted by Jeff Hoffman on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 6:39 am

Much worse fiscal situation, eroding tax base, no vibrant business base, almost no retail, escalating crime rate and an incompetent Mayor and City council.

Most cities are suffering major problems now and those are structural problems. The real escape route is to move to the Counties, preferably the unincorprated areas of them. There are still solvent functioning communities in Marin,a nd selected parts of the South and East Bay. Even Chris Daly knows that.

But Oakland? Only Richmond and Vallejo are worse.

Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 6:53 am

This was dumb.

It was dumb of Rose to think she could use the same tricks in a mayoral contest as she does with elections for supes and ballot measures. Hello spotlight!

It was dumb of the downtown establishment to team up with Rose and her crew. Oops.

It was dumb of Ed Lee not to have proactively managed this by sending a messenger to tell Rose and friends to play things exceptionally straight. Woulda, shoulda, coulda.

It was dumb of Leland to attend so many community functions over the years but do all his real politicking in Sac. Given their reputation in the capitol, I'd betcha his chief of staff's real issue with "Ed's Friends" is that he didn't come up with the IE "voting station" first.

It was dumb of Herrera to level so many attacks over the past 60 days that these charges won't stick. Here's a tip for next time Dennis, if you know that your opponent's "friends" are going to go overboard and do something wrong - if not illegal - before the race ends, hold your fire and hold onto the moral upper hand and then whack them. Whoever told you that you were "defining" Lee with all these attacks sold you a bill of goods. What you were doing was inoculating us voters against mud slinging. Firing Tourk left you without an internal counterbalance to keep you on the level. You did this to yourself, pal. Enjoy being City Attorney for a few more years. Maybe you can go into biz with Don Perata.

It was dumb of me to think that Adachi would be a good campaigner or even be relevant in the mayor's race. I had never seen him in person and assumed the hard-charging, intelligent sharpie I read in the paper was the same guy on the trail. Unfortunately, he's not very rational or thoughtful up close. He's a total know-it-all blowhard and now I understand that's as much a reason why people don't like him as his "reform" measures. Got it. Sorry I'm so late to the party.

It was dumb of Avalos to charge even more to the left during the campaign. Sure, Chris Daly and Aaron Peskin aren't calling you a sellout but you're winning voters who won't put on the top this time and won't live here in four years. You're smart enough that you could have done really well by staying the pragmatic progressive you've been at City Hall. Daly was the firebrand and tactician, Peskin the strategist, Campos the thinker and you were the guy who moved the ball. Now you're just another fringe lefty. Ps - go ahead and recruit some women for the progressive team. You're gang could use the perspective.

It was dumb of Joanna Rees to even join this race. A less vain person would have run for a more modest seat, earned some policy chops and made some real political connections and then run for the top job. Now that I've seen and heard so much from her, I wouldn't vote her into ANY position. She's way out of touch with the city, doesn't seem to appreciate the larger cultural fabric of our town, and seems oddly blind to who she is in the grand scheme of things. Go do something instead of just trying to be someone.

It was dumb of Bevan to suggest life coaches for MUNI drivers. There's nothing else to say. C'mon.

Tony Hall is just plain dumb and from a bygone era. You'd be a hit in Oklahoma, pal. Please move there. Or at least back to LA.

It was dumb of Phil Ting to take advantage of public financing of campaigns to set himself up for a future run. You're the tax and smart finance guy who just took a few hundred thousand from public coffers to fund a pointless run for office. Wait a sec, you're the guy stewarding my tax dollars? Darn. Fox. Guard. Henhouse.

Finally, the zero sum game being played by the unions is the dumbest thing this season. Whether posing as "bystanders not affiliated with any campaign" (oh, yes, I always spend all my Saturdays on Chinatown sidewalks watching people vote) or leaking to the paper that with Prop D going down, they might not promote Prop C to victory, to the ongoing articles, letters and columns defending ridiculously generous health and pension benefits. Keep at it guys. How long before voter resentment moves past MUNI workers to police and fire? How about a ballot measure requiring that 90% of all public safety workers live in SF? How long before Adachi decides to "reform" public health benefits? How long before real "local hire" legislation is passed that doesn't include a "penalty fee"? How long before you realize that the game has changed, the world has changed but you haven't?

Posted by BeckyBayside on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 10:13 am

and the Occupy uprising proves that this is the right move at the right time.

The times, they are a changin'...

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 10:53 am

Oakland's got disbanded last night.

Winter setting in on the East Coast.

Revolution just got postponed. Sorry.

Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 11:44 am

That's not what Elizabeth Warren thinks. Anon, I hope you already maxed out for Scott Brown cause he needs all the help he can get.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 12:10 pm
Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

sandal-wearers will soon retreat to mom's house when the chill sets in.

Hippies have no stamina these days.

Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

to distinguish one season from another.

Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

Never met you but your posts indicate that you support any effort, tactic or strategy that moves the debate left or advances a progressive agenda. That's great for an activist; god bless you. My politics and beliefs likely align and diverge with yours on various issues but I certainly appreciate the energy and intellectual creativity facilitated by spirited political discussions.

That said, rigid ideology rarely wins candidate elections and is a terrible political strategy in a diverse, urban environment.

Or, as the devil himself said:

"It's almost always true that a loyal volunteer base of activists wants to drag the contest in a meaner, uglier, more contentious direction."
Karl Rove

I wonder if he ever met Rose.

Posted by BeckyBayside on Oct. 26, 2011 @ 9:23 am

this race is like a big circus everyboody has all the right things to say and yet there is still some undercurrent nasty things going on. Mr. Lee appears to be guine to me, however there are a lot of questionable turn of events taking place. i'll be glad when this race is over.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 4:29 pm