The TV ads just keep coming in the San Francisco mayoral race, with two new spots this week again focused on — you guessed it — Ed Lee.
San Franciscans for Jobs and Good Government, an independent expenditure committee in support of Lee and backed by prolific Silicon Valley investor Ron Conway, put out an ad Monday lauding the mayor for keeping jobs in The City through incentives for tech companies Twitter and Zynga.
Conway, a registered Republican, became the subject of debate last week when a TV ad from City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s campaign suggested Lee is being backed by local GOP elements like Conway. But according to San Francisco Ethics Commission filings, Herrera also was the beneficiary of Conway’s donations and support during his 2009 city attorney re-election bid and 2010 statewide ballot measure campaigns.
Another TV ad dropped Tuesday by the campaign of venture capitalist Joanna Rees highlights her efforts to shed more light on City Hall business, including department budgets, which she has had no luck in obtaining since asking for the numbers in May through public records requests.
A press release from the Rees campaign also expresses a need for more openness in the mayor’s schedule, which came into question last week when polarizing Chinatown powerbroker Rose Pak was spotted walking out of Room 200.
The ad has Rees prying at the door of the Mayor’s Office, first by knocking, then with a crowbar and a drill. In the ad, she gets no answer.
“Rees tried, and tried, and tried. But City Hall insiders are hiding how they spend our money,” the ad narrator says.
Tony Winnicker, Lee’s campaign spokesman, said the Mayor’s Office actually provided Rees with budget documents, but she has yet to pick them up.
“This is nothing but a shrill and baseless PR stunt,” Winnicker said. “And it doesn’t measure up to the facts.”
Winnicker has taken issue in general with the numerous recent attack ads against the mayor, saying they’re essentially a taxpayer-funded mudslinging partly paid for by The City’s public campaign finance program.