Yee....? That is the extent of a title for this post that I can come up with. The SacBee was on this yesterday, but the DJ has the details.
A California state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.
Yee is the third Democratic state senator in California to face charges this year. Sen. Rod Wright was convicted of perjury and voter fraud for lying about his legal residence in Los Angeles County, and Sen. Ron Calderon has been indicted on federal corruption charges. Wright and Calderon are taking a voluntary leave of absence, with pay, although Republicans have called for them to be suspended or expelled from the Legislature.
Yee, 65, represents western San Francisco and much of San Mateo County. He is best known for his efforts to strengthen open records, government transparency and whistle-blower protection laws, including legislation to close a loophole in state public records laws after the CSU Stanislaus Foundation refused to release its $75,000 speaking contract with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in 2010.
That was the old days...when CSU speaking fees were news instead of gun running. You guys know I am a huge Herb Caen fan and it's days like these when I wish Herb were still around to put this in context of gun running back in the Gold Rush or bootlegging days. So when you read about 10 round or 15 round magazines are being debated in Sacramento, just remember the allegation "Yee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder-fired missiles". I'm tempted to start a new category but I can't decide what it would be. Now, about Leland's last high-cost rail vote...will Darrell Steinberg be questioning that too???????