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(RAT) Leland Yee’s campaign debt at root of criminal behavior, authorities allege
Modesto Bee ^ | 3/30/14 | Jim Miller

Posted on 03/30/2014 2:26:04 PM PDT by Libloather

In more than a decade of campaigns for the California Legislature, San Francisco mayor and secretary of state, state Sen. Leland Yee raised in excess of $5 million. Yet it was a campaign debt only a fraction of that amount that federal officials allege pulled the veteran politician into a sprawling sting operation.

The 137-page FBI affidavit against Yee and more than 20 other defendants says the San Francisco Democrat’s focus on retiring a $70,000 campaign debt from his unsuccessful 2011 mayor’s race and raising money for his 2014 candidacy for secretary of state led him to accept bribes in return for official favors and arrange overseas weapons deals.

“We’re 32 out now. $32,000 out ... from paying off the debt,” the complaint says Yee told an undercover agent posing as an Atlanta-based businessman – who had already given more than $15,000 to the lawmaker – in the cafeteria of a state office building in San Francisco in September 2012. “So, um, if you could do another 10, that would be good.”

(Excerpt) Read more at modbee.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: california; criminal; debt; lelandyee; terrorism; terrorist; traitor; treason; yee
In return for campaign contributions, the complaint says Yee offered assistance with state contracts, legislative help in crafting California’s medical marijuana market, and even access to Yee’s “source of supply” for illegal weapons.

From a little debt to importing shoulder fired missiles. Impressive.

1 posted on 03/30/2014 2:26:05 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Weeelllll, then it’s all cool, right?


2 posted on 03/30/2014 2:27:21 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Libloather

‘Alas, poor Yee. I didn’t know him, Horatio.’


3 posted on 03/30/2014 2:29:55 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Libloather

So it’s not his fault? It’s the fault of his debt?

Good to know.


4 posted on 03/30/2014 2:30:58 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: Libloather

That’s crap. This is just another way they can use to claim we need campaign funding reform.

He did it because he is sympathetic to the terrorist who he was hoping to sell the weapons to.


5 posted on 03/30/2014 2:31:19 PM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: Libloather

If only he didn’t have to find money to fund his re-election campaign, Senator Lee wouldn’t have to engage in arms trafficking.


6 posted on 03/30/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Libloather

It’s the Nefarious Koch brothers fault for creating an atmosphere in which Democrats like Yee might be criticized in commercials on broadcast TV.

Yee needed the money, he had to get it from somewhere.


7 posted on 03/30/2014 2:36:51 PM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: onedoug

Leland, we hardly knew Yee.


8 posted on 03/30/2014 2:38:08 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
At least he wasn't ethically challenged.

Purely a financial issue due to societal reasons.

9 posted on 03/30/2014 2:38:13 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Izzy Dunne

LOL, good won.


10 posted on 03/30/2014 2:39:13 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Libloather

I’d saw Yee was the “Root of the criminal behavior”.

They had to dig pretty damn deep to find a way to spin the story like this. Guess it’s a good thing he didn’t have any sick or dying relatives, ect.


11 posted on 03/30/2014 2:39:25 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Libloather

yeah they have dude named Little rat or something among Chinatown mafia LOL!


12 posted on 03/30/2014 2:40:51 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Libloather
Yee was at the root of Yee's criminal behavior.

/head exploding

13 posted on 03/30/2014 2:47:26 PM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: Libloather
You do realize, I hope, that all this never happened.

If it had happened, then CNN would have covered it.

14 posted on 03/30/2014 2:47:37 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: SevenofNine

“yeah they have dude named Little rat or something among Chinatown mafia LOL!”

Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow! Who has been here since he was 16 from China but is not a citizen and has been in San Quentin (for what was supposed to be a 160 month sentence), but is still allowed to live here. And we thought the Mexicans were bad.


15 posted on 03/30/2014 2:48:34 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: vette6387

That the dude try think of the dude name OH MAN KFI John and Ken were goofing on that guy LOL!

Question is he any relations to Ray Chow the Hong Kong director who discovered Bruce lee that dude


16 posted on 03/30/2014 2:54:31 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Libloather

I think the fact that he’s a total scumbag is closer to the root than his debt.


17 posted on 03/30/2014 3:04:08 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (If you don't stand up, you don't stand a chance.)
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To: Libloather; abb; weegee
CNN: Leland Lee story? WHAT Leland Yee story?


18 posted on 03/30/2014 3:10:58 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Libloather

Will they impound his Rolls now??


19 posted on 03/30/2014 3:21:52 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Libloather
Well, OK, the good Senator Yee needed money to payoff his debts so he got into gun running and money laundering. It's perfectly understandable. We shouldn't criticize him because Yee NEEDED the money. Bravo Sierra.
20 posted on 03/30/2014 3:27:50 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Libloather

Isnt it adorable how libs always find ways to excuse their behavior


21 posted on 03/30/2014 3:32:36 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Yee owed $70K for back debts, but he got pailed out of jail on a $500,000 bail demand within 5 hours.

Tell me what is wrong with this picture????


22 posted on 03/30/2014 3:34:39 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: savedbygrace

How about the fact that the FBI was building this case for the past FIVE years? Yee didn’t incur the debt on the run for mayor until within the past TWO years.

More non-information matching.


23 posted on 03/30/2014 3:35:50 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

It’s all just SO VERY confusing.

;-)


24 posted on 03/30/2014 3:40:22 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: Libloather

I thought the lefties liked debt. It builds the economy.


25 posted on 03/30/2014 4:04:48 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Libloather

I guess Yee regrets, many months ago, not declaring bankruptcy.


26 posted on 03/30/2014 4:07:45 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: Libloather

He also hates America, and wants to destroy it from within. This is excuse making from the left.


27 posted on 03/30/2014 4:14:12 PM PDT by Captainpaintball
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Yee who are without sin cast the first stone.


28 posted on 03/30/2014 4:17:07 PM PDT by NaturalBornC1t1zen (Communist, muslim & homosexual. Hey lofo voters... you hit the trifecta with bambi.)
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To: Libloather
Leland Yee’s campaign debt at root of criminal behavior, authorities allege,

So then what we need is public funding of campaigns. Those poor public servants shouldn't have to go around begging for money, they should spend all of their time working tirelessly for the people. If only Yee hadn't had to worry about campaign debt, he never would have been drawn into such questionable behavior.

29 posted on 03/30/2014 4:31:02 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: cookcounty

Kind of like mac daddy, I knew nothing about anything until heard it on the news and the original problem was all Bush’s fault and aided by the evils Republicans and their Christans zealots. Trust me, would I lie to the American people?


30 posted on 03/30/2014 4:43:35 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Libloather

Oh, it was because of his campaign debt. So I guess that excuses it, then. Here I was, thinking it was misbehavior by a politician who was known for advocating policies quite the opposite of his actual behavior.

By the way, my mortgage debt exceeds Yee’s campaign debt and is more personal to me than a campaign obligation. Perhaps I should consider some innovative approaches to retiring that debt.


31 posted on 03/30/2014 4:49:08 PM PDT by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not "right" of center)
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To: Libloather
California State Sen. Leland Yee charged with promising guns, missiles from Muslim group...

Terrorist. Traitor. Democrat.

32 posted on 03/30/2014 5:00:56 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Libloather

IMHO, this kind of corruption is even more rampant than we can even imagine. In Yee’s case, tho, I think there’s a cultural factor that’s different. The Chinese perception of what *we* think of as cheating or stealing is very different. To them it’s like making a clever move in chess.


33 posted on 03/30/2014 5:06:58 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: iacovatx
By the way, my mortgage debt exceeds Yee’s campaign debt and is more personal to me than a campaign obligation. Perhaps I should consider some innovative approaches to retiring that debt.

Same here. Seems perfectly normal if you're running for state office too...Mencken comes to mind:

"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."

34 posted on 03/30/2014 5:18:45 PM PDT by no-s (when democracy is displaced by tyranny, the armed citizen still gets to vote)
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To: Nailbiter

What is it with rats, they are forever getting caught with hand in the cookie jar. Then claiming that they needed to pay off campaign debts, if they are this poor managing their own cash, what makes the typical voter think they will do any better with the taxpayers money.


35 posted on 03/30/2014 11:37:55 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: Libloather
Calculated, self-serving Yee, a Democrat pol, was a "public servant" who served himself exclusively.

SFGATE.COM EXCERPT Democrat Yee aggressively campaigned in the 2011 San Francisco mayor's race...he blasted interim Mayor Ed Lee as beholden to City Hall power brokers with "selfish interests" and vowed to "throw them out" if elected.

At the same time, Democrat Yee was brandishing his liberal bona fides, touting his "tolerance and compassion," he was allegedly soliciting cash from an undercover FBI agent posing as a real estate developer who had already illegally funneled $11,000 to Yee's campaign....

Democrat Yee boasted that "there's tremendous opportunity (to make shady money) in local levels ... because whoever's gonna be the mayor controls everything."

Self-serving Democrat Yee was driven by greed ... willing to skirt campaign finance laws, collect cash for meetings, trade political favors for donations, and even facilitated an international arms deal worth up to $2.5 million.

DEMOCRAT YEE APPARENTLY USED GOVERNMENT OFFICES TO PROFT HIMSELF .....a Chronicle review of Democrat Yee's votes and campaign donations shows that money might have influenced many of Democrat Yee's votes in the Legislature....

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Yee is the paradigm "compassionate liberal"....bleating about being "for his fellow man" and conniving to make a buck on it.

36 posted on 03/31/2014 3:49:52 AM PDT by Liz
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