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Third Calif. Senator Charged With Multiple Felonies

Third Calif. Senator Charged With Multiple Felonies

APRIL 03, 2014

There appears to be a serious epidemic of corrupt legislators in the nation’s most populous state, with the latest elected thug du jour getting nabbed for operating a creative bribery and mob-style firearm trafficking scheme.

Like an entertaining Hollywood movie the story is littered with drama, murder-for-hire, drugs, betrayal and money laundering only this is real-life California politics. The star of this script, Democrat state Senator Leland Yee, is a career politician well known as an outspoken supporter of gun control. Yet, he has been criminally indicted with illegally trafficking firearms along with a number of other corruption charges outlined by federal prosecutors in this whopping 137-page criminal complaint.

Yee, who represents northern California’s San Mateo and San Francisco counties in the state Senate, has been charged with seven federal felonies. Undercover agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) busted him promising political favors in exchange for money, influence peddling with fellow lawmakers and running an illicit, multimillion-dollar weapons deal via the Philippines for an operative claiming to be a New Jersey mobster. The official charges against Lee, a former public school board member and county supervisor in San Francisco, are conspiracy to traffic firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms and six counts of defrauding citizens of honest services.

On his official web site Lee, who has a doctorate in child psychology, brags about being named “Legislator of the Year” by dozens of organizations and of his work on behalf of children, education, civil rights and open government. A local paper wrote an amusing piece that lists seven ironic post-arrest Leland Yee press releases. Among them is a release that reads: “Senator Yee Named Clean Money Champion.” Another calls for a state university official to respond to corruption charges and one blasts gun rights and expresses outrage about the kind of assault weapons he’s charged with trafficking. Less than a week before his arrest, Lee posted a press release announcing that the Society of Professional Journalists honored him with the Sunshine Award for his efforts to bring greater government transparency.

Lee is simply the latest in a string of California politicians to make headlines for their corrupt behavior. Earlier this year his state senate colleague, Roderick Wright, got convicted of eight felony counts of voter fraud and perjury, including fraudulently voting in elections in 2008 and 2009. The Democrat lawmaker represents the largely poor, minority communities in Los Angeles County that include Inglewood, Lawndale, Compton, Gardena and West Carson yet he’s keeping his $90,525 public salary during an extended “leave of absence” to work on appealing his conviction.

Another California state senator, Democrat Ronald Calderon, could also be on his way to the slammer and is receiving full pay while he fights federal corruption charges. The feds say Calderon accepted nearly $100,000 in cash bribes as well as plane trips, gourmet dinners and trips to golf resorts in exchange for supporting legislation that would benefit those paying the bribes. The lawmaker thought the bribes were coming from a hospital owner and independent film studio but instead it was the FBI, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). A federal grand jury has indicted Calderon with mail fraud, wire fraud, honest services fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and aiding in the filing of false tax returns.

 

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  • TimGolden

    83 years ago Jackie Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
    (back to back)
    Q: how was Jackie Mitchell rewarded?
    A: A few days after Mitchell struck out Ruth and Gehrig, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis voided her contract and declared women unfit to play baseball as the game was “too strenuous.”
    p.s.
    83 years after Jackie Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
    (back to back)
    I pitched (not a baseball) a law
    (Lily’s Law: 21 to buy laxatives; keep laxatives behind counter
    so(w!) THAT
    kids don’t steal laxatives!
    laxatives are addictive and do cause serious internal injuries)
    to legislators
    (those men and women who can help (hit a homerun for) millions of girls who are battling eating disorders)
    p.p.s.
    I pitched Lily’s Law to Legislator Denenberg 11 months ago; he/she/they never wrote ‘me back’
    I pitched Lily’s Law to the Department of Justice 9 months ago; he/she/they never wrote ‘me back’
    I pitched Lily’s Law to the NYS attorney general 9 months ago; he/she/they never wrote ‘me back’
    I pitched Lily’s Law to US senator Kirsten Gillibrand 7 months ago; he/she/they never wrote ‘me back’
    I pitched Lily’s Law to Nassau County Executive Mangano 7 months ago; he/she/they never wrote ‘me back’
    if no one wrote ‘me back’
    then no one hit a homerun for girls!
    p.p.p.s
    if I pitched Lily’s Law to you two too (NYS governor and NYS senate)
    do you think you would hit a homerun for girls!
    or
    would you strike out?
    p.p.p.p.s.
    Q: how can journalists and reporters and newspapers hit homeruns
    for girls!?
    A: help girls! by raising awareness and by holding legislators accountable!
    ask everyone I wrote to (pitched Lily’s Law to):
    if you tell us THAT (you are pro-woman and pro-girl power)
    then why did you not show us THAT (hit a homerun for girls!)
    when Timothy J Golden pitched Lily’s Law to you?
    p.p.p.p.p.s.
    don’t tell anyone but 3 months ago while everyone was sleeping
    I pitched Lily’s Law to:
    1) Congressman Pete King
    2) US senator Schumer

  • TimGolden

    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) fame nor to(o) fortune
    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) power nor to(o) praise
    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) booze nor to(o) (Imelda’s silver) shoes
    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) pills nor to(o) terrestrial thrills
    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) the sun nor to(o) a teeny tiny gun
    p.s.
    bro(t)her! these terrestrial things are your doll’s dolls
    p.p.s.
    Q: bro(t)her! what’s your doll?
    A: “that man!”s skin you (wee spirit) are in
    p.p.p.s.
    bro(t)her! cling to G-D

  • TimGolden

    G-D’S Two Part Plan for man (nunc)
    part I stop sinning (behave!)(stop being a dumb-he!)
    part II start saving (act!)(start being a smart-he!)
    G-D’S Two Part Plan for man (tunc)
    part I cease to do evil
    part II learn to do well
    p.s.
    ho ho ho
    p.p.s.
    bro(t)her! G-D knows who’s naughty and who’s nice

  • TimGolden

    Q: bro(t)her! who really is to blame (for every single scandal)?
    A: bro(t)her! are not the complacent complicit?

  • TimGolden

    2004 Federal Sentencing Guidelines Require Employers to Periodically Train All Employees on Workplace Ethics
    (google it! bing it! aol it! ask it! yahoo it! info it! wow it! duck duck go it! dogpile it!)
    p.s.
    Q: who is to blame (for the most recent NFL scandal)?
    A: man y people (he/she/they)
    Q: are players to blame?
    A: si!
    Q: are coaches to blame?
    A: oui!
    Q: is the commissioner to blame?
    A: jee!
    Q: are owners to blame?
    A: hai!
    Q: are district attorneys to blame?
    A: ja!
    Q: is G-D to blame?
    A: nyet!

  • TimGolden

    bro(t)her! let’s pray (yea!)
    for the EEOC and OSHA to(o)
    go global!

  • TimGolden

    bro(t)her! I do don’t you
    want (desire) to ‘see and hear':
    1) a Chinese pope right wrongs for G-D!
    2) a Jewish US president right wrongs for G-D!

  • TimGolden

    bro(t)her! don’t ever be afraid to(o) deliver G-D’S Mail

  • TimGolden

    U.S. Department of Justice,
    I see man y legislators are pro-pet and pro-planet (willing to protect pets (puppy mill bill) and the planet)
    p.s.
    (let’s test) how man y legislators are pro-people (willing to protect people (women and girls))
    p.p.s.
    (just pass) Lily’s Law: 21 to buy laxatives; keep laxatives behind counter

  • TimGolden

    to all U.S. legislators,
    if you want (desire) to help millions of girls and women
    now and in the future
    then make law!
    Lily’s Law: 21 to buy laxatives; keep laxatives behind counter
    so(w!) THAT
    kids don’t steal laxatives!
    laxatives are addictive and do cause serious internal injuries
    p.s.
    to all U.S. legislators,
    don’t tell us THAT (you are pro-woman and pro-girl power)
    if you are unwilling to show us THAT
    p.p.s.
    ‘tell and show’
    p.p.p.s.
    to all U.S. legislators,
    if you tell us THAT (you are pro-woman and pro-girl power)
    then show us THAT
    (by you doing your best to(o) make Lily’s Law law)

  • TimGolden

    bro(t)her! do your best to(o)
    be pro-woman and pro-girl power
    G-D is!

  • jtouch

    I’m confused, is it Sen. Yee or Sen. Lee?




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