Union-backed committee drops $100k for Leland Yee 

While the talk of the town has been focused on the campaign to get Mayor Ed Lee to run for office in November, another independent campaign just went public to support state Sen. Leland Yee’s run for mayor.

In May, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, contributed $100,000 to a new campaign called City Residents Supporting Leland Yee for Mayor 2011.

As an independent campaign formed primarily to elect Yee, the committee can accept contributions well beyond the $500 limit imposed on individuals donating to mayoral campaigns.

The money can then be spent on campaign literature, signs and a website, a lot like what the Run, Ed, Run campaign is doing. Of course there’s one difference. While the Yee committee clearly states that it is there to support a candidate, the Progress For All campaign has not.

That distinction could affect public financing and Yee can’t work together with anyone on the committee. Try telling that to Lee backers who insist that since Lee is not a candidate they don’t have to comply with those restrictions.


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