Why the Ethics Commission Cleared the Run, Ed, Run Campaign of Any Wrongdoing

S.F. Ethics Commission hard at work

Yesterday afternoon, just after Mayor Ed Lee declared his candidacy for mayor, the Ethics Commission cleared Progress for All, the campaign that worked to get Lee into the election, of any illegal wrongdoing.

But right before making that decision, the commission was forced to discuss  a Grand Jury report, “San Francisco Ethics Commission: The Sleeping Watchdog.”

The Ethics Commission has long been criticized for overlooking what some believe to be illegal activity. And its decision regarding Progress for All's financial activity has become another example of a commission asleep at the wheel, City Hall insiders say.

“The Ethics Commission has clearly earned the Civil Grand Jury's title of sleeping watchdogs,” says Aaron Peskin, chair of the local Democratic Party. “They are either complicit or they have their heads buried in the sand.”

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