The Full Statement of Five Front-Running Mayoral Candidates Calling for an Investigation of the “Run, Ed, Run” Campaign

John Coté had the news this morning in SFGate* about recent developments – it’s the talk of the town.

Now, here’s the statement itself, in its entirety:

“Five San Francisco Mayoral Candidates Call For Investigation Of “Run, Ed, Run” Campaign

Alioto-Pier, Chiu, Herrera, Rees, and Yee Urge SF Ethics Commission To Pursue Allegations In New Ethics Letter 

Today, five current San Francisco mayoral candidates called on the San Francisco Ethics Commission to investigate allegations that Progress for All – the political committee behind the “Run Ed Run” campaign – has violated San Francisco’s Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance.

In its initial filings in May, Progress for All declared itself to be a General Purpose Committee, “not formed to support or oppose specific candidates or measures in a single election.”  Today, a letter filed with the Ethics Commission alleges that Progress for All misled the Commission, and is actually an independent expenditure committee formed for the purpose of supporting Mayor Ed Lee as a candidate in this November’s election.  Furthermore, as an independent expenditure committee, the letter alleges that Progress for All has coordinated their activities with the Mayor in violation of Section 1.115(a)(1) of the San Francisco Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance.

The joint statement of the five candidates is included below:

“The allegations made today against Progress for All and Run Ed Run are serious and deserve the immediate and full attention of the San Francisco Ethics Commission.  As competing candidates, we may not agree on which one of us should be the next Mayor, but as San Franciscans, we all strongly believe that this election must be contested on a level playing field.  Throughout this campaign, the five of us have played by the rules and complied with all relevant campaign finance laws and regulations.  We urge the Commission to pursue these allegations and ensure that Progress for All and Run Ed Run are held to the same standard.”

-Michela Alioto-Pier, David Chiu, Dennis Herrera, Joanna Rees and Leland Yee

Anyway, you know, for the record and whatnot…

Yowzer.

*Come for the breaking news, stay for the Frieda Pinto photos at the bottom of the page. Yowzer otra vez.

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